Southern University Teaching Faculty Selected to Participate in Mississippi River Delta Transition Initiative Consortium

Baton Rouge, La. – Southern University College of Agricultural, Human and Environmental Sciences assistant research professors Drs. Jacqueline McComb and Crystal Vance have been selected and awarded $499,969 as a part of the $22 million multi-member consortium effort led by Tulane University and Louisiana State University to seek ways to save the Lower Mississippi River Delta.


The Mississippi River Delta Transition Initiative, or MissDelta, works with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program to establish a network of mentors to increase experiential learning opportunities for underrepresented groups participating in coastal research and workforce development.


“This funding allows our team to conduct intensive research while simultaneously creating research opportunities for students that will fill gaps in knowledge and understanding in the management of water and land,” stated Dr. McComb, who is a professor of plant and soil sciences and will lead the efforts at Southern University as the primary investigator.


The Mississippi River Delta has faced increasingly intense hurricanes, rising seas, ground subsidence, and diminishing river sediment. During the five-year initiative, the consortium will mainly focus on testing alternative scenarios and solutions to increase the sustainability of the Mississippi River Delta’s ecosystem and the economy that relies on it.


Southern University is one of six HBCUs in Louisiana and Mississippi included in the consortium. The other HBCUs are Alcorn State University, Dillard University, Jackson State University, Grambling State University, and Xavier University of New Orleans. The University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Central Florida, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, the Water Institute of the Gulf, and the College of William & Mary in Virginia. will also participate in the initiative.


For additional information on Southern University’s work with the Mississippi River Delta Transition Initiative Consortium, contact Dr. McComb at


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