Center for Human-Environmental Research (CHER): An Introduction

The ways in which humans have interacted with their environments over time has profoundly shaped our identity as a species; our politics, our beliefs, and our conceptions of science and philosophy. Today, understanding the ways in which humans respond to environmental change represents the one of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. CHER is interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to studying the immense diversity of human responses to the environments in which they have lived, and the profound political, economic, and social problems facing humanity today. Our organization is aimed at giving scholars a supportive space in which to develop innovative approaches for addressing social problems stemming from our planet's changing environment. CHER is particularly focused on issues of coastal land loss in Southeast Louisiana, with research and outreach activities focused on community resilience, ecological sustainability, environmental justice, and the documentation of threatened cultural heritage.

What We Do: Research and Educational Outreach

CHER is committed to asking tough scientific and ethical questions about how human societies have been influenced by environmental change; how humans have restructured the environments in which they live; how we are influencing our environments today more profoundly than ever before; and how we have distributed the benefits and burdens of human alterations of the environment. In Southeast Louisiana, our research focuses on fostering resilient communities in the face of the degradation of the Gulf Coast coastline, as well as recurrent human-made and natural disasters. In addition, CHER works with affected communities to document and preserve the fragile cultural heritage of coastal Louisiana, especially in terms of the region's rapidly disappearing archaeological sites. In addition, CHER engages in numerous educational outreach activities, including the production of educational materials for use in Louisiana's classrooms and public presentations aimed fostering dialogue about the future of human societies along the coast.
CHER News and Events:

Nov. 8th: We are please to present a 2nd edition of Coastal Land Loss in Southeast Louisiana, an open-access educational resource. Click here to download the free ebook or here to find out more about it!

Oct. 8th: Grant McCall will be presenting a talk entitled, "Oysters and Yellow Fever," at the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve French Quarter Visitor (419 Decatur St.) discussing the English Lookout site in St. Tammany Parish.