Nicholas M Enwright, Ph.D.


Nicholas Enwright has been a geographer at U.S. Geological Survey's Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana since 2013. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2019. Nicholas uses applied coastal geography research to understand how the spatial distribution and patterns of environments, such as barrier islands and coastal wetlands, are changing through time. His research program aims to further science related to natural resource assessments, restoration planning, and monitoring by: (1) developing new data using remote sensing techniques; (2) advancing methodologies for geospatial studies; (3) analyzing spatial data using geographic information science (GIS); and (4) forecasting potential future landscapes using geocomputational modeling. Currently, Nicholas' research team is working on projects that span the northern Gulf of Mexico coast and the Atlantic Seaboard.


  • Ph.D., 2019, Louisiana State University, Major: Geography and Anthropology; research emphasis: barrier island habitat mapping and modeling
  • M.S. 2010, University of North Texas, Major: Applied Geography; research emphasis: geospatial analysis of wetlands
  • B.S. 2007, University of North Texas, Major: Geography 


  • Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Lafayette, LA, 2013 to present
  • Geographic Information Specialist II, Five Rivers Services/IAP Worldwide Services, contracted to support the U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Resarch Center Lafayette, LA, 2010 to 2013


  • Special Thanks for Achieving Results Award from the U.S. Geological Survey (2020, 2016)
  • Best student paper presentation at the Louisiana Professional Biologists symposium, Lake Charles, Louisiana (2018)
  • Outstanding Service Award from the University of North Texas (2007, 2010)
  • 2nd Place in a student paper competition at Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter, Denton, Texas (2009)
  • Outstanding Geography Graduate Student from the University of North Texas (2009)
  • Toulouse Graduate School College of Arts and Sciences Master’s Fellowship from the University of North Texas (2008)
  • 2nd Place in a student map competition at North Central Texas GIS Day (2008)
  • J.L. Bean Scholarship from the University of North Texas (2006)


  • Spatial analysis
  • Remote sensing
  • Natural resource and restoration monitoring
  • Machine learning