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It is my great pleasure to invite you to explore the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (CBR) website. Building on a rich history of cross-disciplinary research and service, the CBR is entering a new phase of advancing capacity for undertaking environmental research on long-standing and emerging concerns. “Rebuild, restore, and protect“ has become the de facto maxim of the CBR in the wake of recent events, including Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, that have come to define social-ecological systems across the Gulf coast.

As a resident community of preeminent scholars and educators, the CBR is well positioned to offer guidance and to implement strategies for improving lives and livelihoods in New Orleans and elsewhere. The CBR is particularly dedicated to realizing sustainability in a city reconnected to its natural landscape and surrounded by a more resilient coast. This is being accomplished by fostering innovation and providing forums through sponsored seminars, research funding for faculty and students, as well as support for cross-university initiatives, partnerships and collaborations. I encourage you to learn further about the mission and programs of the CBR, and to engage members in pursuit of shared interests and outcomes.


Michael Blum, Ph.D.
Director, Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research