Dr. Cothren earned B.S. (in Civil Engineering) and M.Sc. degrees from University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University. Dr. Cothren's educational and professional background is in the areas of hydraulic engineering, wetland science, urban hydrology, and coastal engineering. She has extensive experience in urban and rural environmental hydrology, GIS applications in water resources, physical, chemical, and biological functions in wetlands. She also has extensive experience with SWMM, HSPF, and HMS models. Dr. Cothren is actively involved with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). She is active in journal publications and conference presentations throughout the United States. Dr. Cothren also serves as the faculty advisor of the ASCE-UNO Student chapter.