Scott Wilson, Ph.D.

Biography

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Computer Engineering, University of Louisiana Lafayette, 2006

M.S., Computer Engineering, University of Lousiana Lafayette, 2001

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of New Orleans, 1990

RESEARCH

Scott Wilson is Chief of the Wetland and Forested Ecosystems Branch (WEB) at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC) in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he oversees more than 60 biologists, ecologists, engineers, geographers, oceanographers, and computer scientists. Throughout his career, WIlson has been involved in the direction and implementation of many large spatial analysis, decision support systems, information management, and dissemination projects for the USGS and other partners. His primary focus is to lead high-quality research projects that have direct science impact for environmental management agencies. Major areas of impact include development of high-resolution habitat mapping and classification systems for the Gulf of Mexico; development of decision support tools (scientific visualization and web-enabled environmental tools); development of innovative geospatial technologies; and implementation of coastal restoration outreach and technology transfer. He serves on many Federal/State task forces, working groups, and committees, including the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. Wilson  is Chair of the Louisiana Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Public Outreach Committee.