Dr. Steve Mathies, a renowned expert in ecosystem restoration and sustainable urban and coastal development, has joined ENVIRON as a Principal in the firm’s New Orleans, Louisiana, office.
Dr. Mathies will direct the firm’s strategic services aimed at helping communities, government agencies and companies located in the U.S. and abroad with developing and implementing climate change-related response strategies that overcome the threats to both the natural and built environments.
Dr. Mathies has considerable experience in the state of Louisiana and throughout the US Gulf Coast directing large coastal and urban development programs involving the protection and restoration of estuarine ecosystems and beneficial reuse of abandoned lands.
Having been a resident of New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina gives him a unique perspective on how coastal communities can better prepare for the inevitable challenges presented by global climate change.
Dr. Mathies’ career includes time as Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR) from 2009–2011, Director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Deputy Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, and natural resource specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.