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Dr. Patrick Louchouarn
Patrick Louchouarn, Ph.D.
Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer (TAMUG)
Associate Provost (TAMU)
Dr. Louchouarn works in multidisciplinary research to understand the impacts of environmental perturbations on biogeochemical cycling at ecosystem interfaces and to address capacity building in earth and environmental education in diverse communities. The orientation of his research in biogeochemistry deals with 1) the identification of fire markers and combustion by-products in complex environmental mixtures and their application to reconstructions of fire/combustion history and 2) natural and human-induced fluctuations in material fluxes within watersheds. In parallel, to address issues of learning and thinking in the environmental sciences, Dr. Louchouarn incorporates this research into inquiry-based educational appraoches that question how people learn and take decisions on environmental issues.
French-born, he grew up and completed his secondary education in Mexico City. He then moved to Canada where he undertook his undergraduate and graduate education. He completed a B.Sc. in 1989 in Marine Biology at McGill University (Montreal), followed by a M.Sc. in 1992 and a Ph.D. in 1997 at the University of Quebec in Montreal in Environmental Sciences (geochemistry). His graduate research focused on understanding the cycling of trace metals (mercury) and terrestrial organic matter in freshwater and marine systems.
From 1998-1999, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas-Marine Science Institute where he worked on dissolved organic matter cycling in the Arctic. He then held an Associate Research Scientist position at the Texas Engineering Experimental Station (Texas A&M) until the fall 2000 when he became Assistant Professor of environmental science at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. In 2002, he joined Columbia University and co-directed a new Master program in Public Administration at the School of International and Public Affairs. He was also appointed Associate Professor of aqueous geochemistry in Columbia University’s Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences. In 2006, Dr. Louchouarn joined Texas A&M University-Galveston/Texas A&M University as an Associate Professor of marine sciences and oceanography. He became Head of the Dept. of Marine Sciences in 2010 and Full Professor in 2011. He became Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer for Texas A&M University - Galveston and Associate Provost for Texas A&M University on August 8, 2013.
He lives in League City and has three children Naomi, Noah, and Teva who are respectively attending McGill University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Texas at Austin.