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Mar 05, 2024

Alex Kolker, Ph.D., Named Conservationist of the Year

Alex Kolker Announced as 2023 LWF Conservationist of the Year


Today, The Shop is proud to congratulate one of our own, Dr. Alex Kolker, PhD, on being awarded the prestigious title of 2023 Conservationist of the Year by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

Dr. Kolker, an esteemed associate professor at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), has long been recognized for his groundbreaking work in oceanography, geology, and climate science. His dedication to understanding and preserving our natural resources has not only earned him accolades but has also paved the way for crucial advancements in environmental research.

One of Dr. Kolker’s most notable achievements was leading the charge in collecting data to unravel the mysteries of Neptune Pass in the lower Mississippi River and its associated land-building processes. This work not only shed light on the intricate dynamics of our coastal ecosystems but also provided invaluable insights for future conservation efforts.

Dr. Kolker’s innovative contributions extend beyond traditional research avenues. His development of a groundbreaking tool to map major greenhouse emissions and pollutants in our state showcases his commitment to leveraging technology for the greater good. By empowering policymakers and the public alike with data-driven solutions, he is driving tangible change in the fight against climate change and environmental degradation.

Rebecca Triche, Executive Director of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, aptly recognizes Dr. Kolker’s multifaceted impact, stating, “His contribution to the research needed to better understand how we can use the Mississippi River to build land and the potential local impacts from climate change continues to be crucial in planning efforts.”

His dedication to science communication, notably through social media platforms, serves as a source of inspiration for fostering public engagement and awareness. By bridging the gap between complex scientific concepts and everyday realities, he empowers individuals to become stewards of our environment.

In recognition of their extraordinary contributions, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation will honor Dr. Kolker at the 58th Awards Banquet on April 12 in Baton Rouge. We encourage our community to join us in celebrating Kolker is his work which is creating brighter, more sustainable future.

To learn more about Kolker and his work, be sure to check out his website.