University of Auckland
Laura Robichaux is currently working on a PhD in Environmental Science funded by New Zealand’s Living at the Edge Resilience Challenge at the University of Auckland. Her research focuses on the social, financial, and institutional factors resulting in the “implementation gap” of coastal risk management projects. She uses her experiences growing up in Houma, Louisiana, USA experiencing coastal hazards and attending community meetings with her training in coastal engineering to provide a practical lens through which principles discussed in academic literature are readily applied.
Prior to commencing work on her PhD, Laura worked at Erickson Consulting Engineers in Sarasota, Florida. There, she worked on a team of experienced engineers led by Karyn Erickson and was able to contribute to all phases of project design – from requests for proposals through to monitoring and maintenance both in the US and internationally. The diversity of work products including field work, environmental impact assessments, public engagement, project evaluation, and construction management fostered a wider understanding of the complex factors affecting project design and implementation during engineering phases.
Her Masters of Science degrees in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM) from City University London, Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Norwegian University of Science and Technology were specialized in Operations and Management as she is aware of the importance of management in bringing coastal defense projects into fruition. Her Masters thesis is titled “Upgrade Prioritization of the Morganza to the Gulf Flood Protection System” and used a Monte Carlo analysis, SLOSH model results, and USACE flood damage estimates to assess risk of inaction to prioritize upgrade of levee segments for the system protecting Houma and Terrebonne Parish.
Thursday, August 2
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM