Margaret Reams headshotMargaret A. Reams

Position: Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences

Phone: 225-578-4299

Fax: 225-578-4286


Office: 2115 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.A. History & Psychology, Huntingdon College, 1978

Master's Degrees(s): M.A. Political Science, University of Georgia, 1984

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. Political Science (Public Policy), University Of Georgia, 1990

CV: Curriculum Vita of Margaret A. Reams

Biosketch: Biosketch of Margaret A. Reams

Research Interests

Environmental policy and management; resilience; sustainability

Classes Taught

ENVS 4149 Design of Environmental Management Systems (1988-1995)
PADM 5010   Statistical Methods for Public Administration ( 1991)
ENVS 7040 Environmental Planning and Management (1988-present)
ENVS 7041 Environmental Policy Analysis (1994-present)
ENVS 7042 Environmental Conflict Resolution (2000-present)
ENVS 7950 Environmental Program Evaluation (1995-1996)
ENVS 7995 Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar (2020 - )
ENVS 7997 Environmental Research Practicum (2020 - )

Awards & Honors

Honors and Scholarships

LSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, 1998

Inaugural Distinguished Teaching Award, Center for Coastal, Energy, and Environmental  Resources (CCEER) later known as the School of the Coast and Environment, 1997

Louisiana Board of Regents Summer Faculty Research Award, 1992

Synergistic Activities

Leader, LSU Superfund Research Center, Community Engagement Core, funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), 2011 – 2024.

Keynote Speaker. “Applying resilience theory to community engagement with residents facing cumulative environmental exposure risks: lessons from Louisiana’s industrial corridor”, 2018 Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment, Krakow, Poland, June 10-14, 2018

2016-2020 Member National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), Environmental Heatlh Sciences Review Committee (EHSRC)

2013-2020 Member, LSU Council on Research

2013 Keynote Speaker, “Measuring Vulnerability, Resilience and Sustainability”, Flood Awareness and Raising Community Resilience, Middleburg, Netherlands, January 31-February 1, 2013.

2013-2015 Member, Coastal Community Resiliency Advisory Group, Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration

Recent Publications

Reams, MA, Irving JK, Applying Community Resilience Theory to Engagement with Residents Facing Cumulative Environmental Exposure Risks: Lessons from Louisiana’s Industrial Corridor. Reviews on Environmental Health, 2019. 34(3): DOI:

Irving JK, MA Reams, Community Resilience and Critical Transformations: The Case of St. Gabriel, Louisiana. Reviews on Environmental Health, 2019. 34(3): DOI:

Kirby, R.H., MA Reams, Lam, NS. L Zou, G. J. Dekker, D. Q. P. Fundter. Assessing Social Vulnerability to Flood Hazards in the Dutch Province of Zeeland. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2019. 10: 233.

Reams, M. A. (2018). Lam, N.S.-N.; Xu, Y.J.; Liu, K.-B.; Dismukes, D.E.; Reams, M.; Pace, R.K.; Qiang, Y.; Narra, S.; Li, K.; Bianchette, T.A.; Cai, H.; Zou, L.; Mihunov, V. Understanding the Mississippi River Delta as a Coupled Natural-Human System: Research Methods, Challenges, and Prospects. Water 2018, 10, 1054.

Reams, M. A. (2018). Lei Zou, Nina S. N. Lam, Shayan Shams, Heng Cai, Michelle A. Meyer, Seungwon Yang, Kisung Lee, Seung-Jong Park & Margaret A. Reams (2018) Social and geographical disparities in Twitter use during Hurricane Harvey, International Journal of Digital Earth, DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2018.1545878.

Reams, M. A. (2018). Volodymyr V. Mihunov, Nina S. N. Lam, Lei Zou, Robert V. Rohli, Nazla Bushra, Margaret A. Reams & Jennifer E. Argote (2018) Community Resilience to Drought Hazard in the South-Central United States, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 108:3, 739-755, DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2017.1372177..

Reams, M. A., Anderson, K. A., Harding, A. K., Subra, W., Lam, N., O'Connell, S. G., Tidwell, L. G. (2017). Response, Recovery and Resilience to Oil Spills and Environmental Disasters: Exploration and Use of Novel Approaches to Enhance Community Resilience. Journal of Environmental Health.