Dr. Clint S. WillsonClinton S. Willson

Position: Dean

Email: ccedean@lsu.edu

Office: 1002 R Energy Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree: B.S., with Honors, Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

Master's Degree: M.S., Environmental Health Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

PhD: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, May 1997

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Engineering Science and Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Research Interests

Physical and Numerical Modeling of River Flows and Sediment Transport, High Resolution 3D Imaging of Porous Media Systems

Honors & Awards

  • 2023-23 Sternberg Professor, Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College, Louisiana State University
  • 2019 Worley Professor of Excellence
  • 2019 William A. Brookshire Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2018 Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award (Ogden Honors College)
  • 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers Louisiana Section Educator Award
  • 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers Baton Rouge Branch Educator Award
  • 2016 Longwell Fund College of Engineering Instructor of Excellence Award
  • 2015 James M. Todd Technological Medal, Louisiana Engineering Society

Academic & Research Experience

Faculty Fellow, Roger Ogden Honors College, Louisiana State University, 2020 - present

Director, LSU Center for River Studies, Louisiana State University, 2015 - present

Faculty-in-Residence, East Campus, Louisiana State University, 2015 - 20

Director, Engineering Design and Innovation, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, LA (Joint Appointment, 50/50, with LSU), 2013 - 15

Fellow, Coastal Studies Institute, 2013 - present

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University, 2012 - present


Professional & Service Affiliations

Member, The Nature Conservancy Sustainable Rivers Program - Atchafalaya Project Science Core Tea, 2020

Editorial Board Member, Water, 2020

Member, Instrumentation Committee, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences (CUAHSI), 2019        

Member, Local Organizing Committee, 10th Interpore Conference, held in New Orleans, LA, May 2018

Program Committee, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 State of the Coast Conference, held in New Orleans, LA. 

Co-chair, 2016 & 2017 Amite River Basin Flood Event Workshop, co-sponsored with the Amite River Basin Commission, held at Louisiana Transportation Research Center, October 5, 2016 and at LSU on October 19, 2017.

Member, Leadership Team and Chair, Technical Team, Changing Course Design Competition (changingcourse.us), 2013-


Recent Publications

Cepeda-Salgado, B., G.S. Lee, I. Gupta, C.S. Willson, and S.I. Kam, 2023, Surfactant/Foam Processes in Shallow Subsurface Remediation: Evaluation of Foams as a Blocking Agent, accepted/in press Transport in Porous Media. 

McAlpin, T.O., D.G. Wren, K.E. Jones, D.D. Abraham, R.A. Kuhnle, and C.S. Willson, 2023, Uncertainty for the ISSDOTv2 bed-load measurement method, accepted/in press J. Hydraulic Engineering. 

Puertas-Frias, C., P.A. Garcia-Salaberri, and C.S. Willson, 2022, Design and economic analysis of a hydrokinetic turbine for household applications, Renewable Energy, 199, 587-598.

Yan Y., S.A., Nakhli, J. Jin, G. Mills, C.S. Willson, D.R. Legates, K.N. Manahiloh, and P.T. Imhoff, 2021, Predicting the impact of biochar on the saturated hydraulic conductivity of natural and engineered media, J Environmental Management, 295, 113143. 

Turnipseed, C., K. Konsoer, D. Richards, and C.S. Willson, 2021, Numerical modeling of two-dimensional hydrodynamics in a highly curving and actively evolving neck cutoff under different hydrologic conditions, Water Resources Research, 57(2) https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020WR027329

Christensen, A., R.R. Twilley, C.S. Willson, and E. Castaneda-Moya, 2020, Simulating Hydrological Connectivity and Water Age within a Coastal Deltaic Floodplain of the Mississippi River Delta, Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, 245 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106995. 

Rivera-Monroy, V.H., H. Wang, Z.G. Xue, C-F. Tsai, C.S. Willson, E. Castaneda-Moya, and R.R. Twilley, 2020, Modeling Water and Salt Budgets in Mangrove Forests (Everglades, Florida, USA) Impacted by Hydrological Restoration and a Warming Climate, Ecological Modelling, 436, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2020.109292

Molnar, I, J.I. Gerhard, C.S. Willson, and D.M. O’Carroll, 2020, Wettability Effects on Primary Drainage Mechanisms and NAPL Distribution: A Pore-Scale Study, Water Resources Research, 56 (1).

Sanematsu, P., K.E. Thompson and C.S. Willson, 2019, Pore-scale modeling of nanoparticle transport and retention in real porous materials, Computers & Geosciences 127, 65-74.

Richards, D., K. Konsoer, C. Turnipseed, and C.S. Willson, 2019, Characterizing three-dimensional flow through neck cutoffs with complex planform geometry, International Association of Sedimentologists Special Publication 48: Fluvial meanders and their sedimentary products in the rock record, edited by M. Ghinassi, L. Colombera, N. P. Mountney, A.J.H. Reesink, 273-295. 

Rutherford, J., J. Day, C. D’Elia, A. Wiegman, C.S. Willson, R. Caffey, G. Shaffer, R. Lane, and D. Batker, 2018, Evaluating trade-offs of a large, infrequent sediment diversion for restoration of a forested wetland in the Mississippi delta, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 203, 80-89.  

Molnar, I.L., P. Sanematsu, J.I. Gerhard, C.S. Willson, and D.M. O’Carroll, 2016, Quantified Pore-Scale Nanoparticle Transport in Porous Media and the Implications for Colloid Filtration Theory, Langmuir, 32 (31), 7841-7853.

Twilley, R.R., S.J. Bentley, Q. J. Chen, D.A. Edmonds, S.C. Hagen, N. Lam, C.S. Willson, K. Xu, D. Braud, and H. Peele, 2016, Co-evolution of wetland landscapes, flooding and human settlement in the Mississippi River Deltaic Plain. Sustainability Science 11,711–731. 

Molnar, I., J. Gerhard, C.S. Willson, C.S., and D. O’Carroll, D, 2015, The impact of immobile zones on the transport and retention of oparticles in porous media, Water Resources Research, 51 (11), 8973-8994.

Molnar, I.L., W.P. Johnson, J.I, Gerhard, C.S. Willson, and D.M. O’Carroll, 2015, Predicting colloid transport through saturated porous media: A critical review. Water Resources Research, 51(9), 6804-6845.

Sanematsu, P., Y. Shen, K. Thompson, T. Yu, Y. Wang, D-L. Chang, B. Alrahamhi, A. akbiri-Borujeni, M. Tyagi, and C.S. Willson, 2015, Image-based Stokes Flow Modeling in Bulk Proppant Packs and Propped Fractures Under High Loading Stresses. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 135, 391-402.

Kemp, G.K., C.S. Willson, J.D. Rogers, K.A. Westphal, S.A. Binsalem, 2014, Adapting to Change in the Lowermost Mississippi River:  Implications for Navigation, Flood Control and Restoration of the Delta Ecosystem, in The Once and Future Delta, ed. J. Day, G.P. Kemp, A. Freeman, and D. Muth, Springer (SBN 978-94-017-8732-1), 490 pp.

Bentley, S.J, C.S. Willson, A.M. Freemen, L. Giosan, and J. Cable, 2014, Using What We Have: Optimizing Sediment Management in Mississippi River Delta Restoration to Improve the Economic Viability of the Nation, in The Once and Future Delta, ed. J. Day, G.P. Kemp, A. Freeman, and D. Muth, Springer (SBN 978-94-017-8732-1), 490 pp.

Molnar, I., C.S. Willson, D. O’Carroll, M. Rivers, and J. Gerhard, 2014, A Method for Obtaining Silver Nanoparticle Concentrations Within a Porous Media via Synchrotron X-Ray Computed Microtomography, Environmental Science and Technology, (48) 1114-1122. 

Willson, C.S., N. Lu, and W.J. Likos, 2012, Quantification of Grain, Pore, and Fluid Microstructure of Unsaturated Sand from X-ray Computed Tomography Images, ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 35(6), 911-923.