These experts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette faculty and staff have agreed to comment on breaking news, ongoing developments and trends in their areas of expertise. If you need help arranging interviews, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 337-482-6397 or email
Expert on coastal land loss and Louisiana geology
Impacts of environmental disasters
Physics professor Dr. Natalia Sidorovskaia is leading an interdisciplinary consortium of 24 scientists and students that will study the impact of the environmental disaster on endangered sperm whales, beaked whales and dolphins. Changes in marine mammal distribution and abundance can impact and reflect the health of the entire deep-water ecosystem. Her research seeks to help understand what may happen to marine mammals during and after events, such as oil spills or other environmental and man-made stressors, and help guide ocean management decisions about conservation, regulations, and mitigation.
Expert on U.S. politics, including the Supreme Court, civil liberties and civil rights
Dr. Swanson is an expert on U.S. politics, including the Supreme Court and its impact on the American political landscape. Dr. Swanson has also done extensive research on American civil liberties and civil rights.