Adjunct Faculty

Alexander S KolkerAlexander S. Kolker
Adjunct  Professor

Phone: 504-862-3167
Fax: 504-865-5199

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Room 101A Blessey Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118

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Ph.D., Stony Brook University, State University of New York, 2005
M.A., Stony Brook University, State University of New York, 2000
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1995

Research Interests

I am interested in the natural, climatic, and anthropogenic processes that govern coastal systems during times of stasis and change. Specific interests include:

  • Determining the balance between subsidence and sedimentation in Barataria Bay.
  • Understanding how sedimentary and biogeochemical processes govern patterns of marsh development and loss.
  • The role of atmospheric variability in short-term sea level dynamics.
  • Radioisotope geochemistry.
  • Coastal biogeochemistry.


Rosenheim, B. E., K. M. Roe, B. J. Roberts, A. S. Kolker, M. A. Allison, and K. H. Johannesson (2013), River discharge influences on particulate organic carbon age structure in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River System, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 27, doi:10.1002/gbc.20018.

Kolker, A.S., Allison, M.A. and Hameed, S., (2011). An evaluation of subsidence rates and sea-level variability in the NorthernGulf of Mexico. Geophysical Research Letters, 38. DOI:10.1029/2011GL049458,2011

 Kolker, A.S., Meffert, D.J., Carbonell, A. and Nelson, S.A., (2011). The lessons from a  major climate event: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. Published in: International Panel on Climate Change in Cities First Assessment Report, Rosenzweig, C., W.D. Solecki, S.A. Hammer, and S. Mehrotra (Eds.) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

 Bianchi, T.S., Cook, R.L., Perdue, E.M., Kolic, P.E., Green, N., Zhang, Y., Smith, R.W., Kolker, A.S., Ameen, A.D., King, G., M., Ojwang, L., Schneider, C., and Normand, A., (2011). Impacts of Diverted Freshwater on Dissolved Organic Matter and Microbial Communities in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, U.S.A.: Marine Environmental Research 72:248-257.

 Kolker, A.S., Meffert, D.J., Carbonell, A., and Nelson, S.A. (2011). The lessons from a major climate event: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. International Panel on Climate Change in Cities First Assessment Report. Cambridge University Press

 Bianchi, T.S., Wysocki, L.A., Schreiner, K.M, Filley, T.R., Corbett, D.R., Kolker, A.S. (2011). Sources of terrestrial organic carbon in the Mississippi River plume region: Evidence for the importance of coastal marsh inputs. Aquatic Geochemistry. doi:10.1007/s10498-010- 9110-3

 Kolker, A.S., Kirwan, M., Goodbred, S.L. and Cochran, J.K., (2010). Global climate changes recorded in coastal wetland sediments: Empirical Observations lined to theoretical predictions. Geophysical Research Letters, VOL. 37, L14706, doi:10.1029/2010GL043874

 Kolker, A.S., Goodbred, S.L., Hameed, S., Cochran, J.K., (2009). High resolution records ofcoastal system responses to Long-term and Short-term Sea Level Variability. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 84 (4): 493-508

 Kolker, A. S., and S. Hameed (2007). Meteorologically driven trends in sea level rise,  Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L23616, doi:10.1029/2007GL031814.

Kolker, A.S. (2005). The Impacts of Climate Variability and Anthropogenic Activities on Salt Marsh Accretion and Loss on Long Island. Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 241 p.

101 Blessey Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-865-5198