The Wetland Foundation was initiated in 2008 by Drs. Karen L. McKee and Irving A. Mendelssohn. Following 40-year careers as wetland scientists, Karen and Irv began formulating a plan to leave a legacy that would support wetland education and research. Their goal was to establish a foundation and trust fund that would provide financial support and guidance to students of wetland science.

Together, they have published more than 200 scientific articles, technical reports, and book chapters on various aspects of wetlands. During their careers as teachers and scientists, they trained more than 70 graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral scientists, providing advice, financial support, and assistance in finding jobs in wetland science and related areas.

Through this foundation, they hope to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

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Some Videos Featuring Karen and Irv

Karen’s TEDxLSU Talk:

Oil Spill Impacts on Coastal Wetlands of the Mississippi Delta:

What Lies Beneath: Using Mangrove Peat to Study Ancient Environments and Sea-Level Rise:

Coastal Louisiana: Impacts of Hurricanes on Salt Marsh and Mangrove Wetlands:

Effects of Sea-Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands in the Mississippi River Delta: