Mark Kulp, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of Coastal Research Laboratory
Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences


Office: GP 1029
Phone: 504-280-1170


Educational Background
B.Sc., Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, 1992
M.Sc., University of Kentucky, 1995
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2000

Research Interests
Coastal Stratigraphy, sedimentology, coastal geomorphology, coastal restoration

Dr. Kulp’s major area of research is the geology of the northern Gulf Coast with a special emphasis on the sedimentary framework of the Mississippi River delta system and evolution of the Louisiana coastal plain in response to changes in sediment supply, sea-level rise, and subsidence. Current investigations include the relationship between marsh health and substrate subsidence, the evolution of Louisiana barrier islands and inlets in response to coastal erosion and interior wetland loss, as well as the latest Quaternary stratigraphy and evolution of the north-central Gulf Coast. Additional research focuses on how the regional geology and geologic processes affect current coastal restoration initiatives across the Louisiana Coastal Zone.