Justin Kozak, PhD
RESEARCHER + POLICY ANALYST
Justin completed a PhD in Environmental Resources & Policy at Southern Illinois University (SIU) where his research focused broadly on working solutions to water resources issues in Louisiana and beyond. Drawn to Louisiana through work in the Atchafalaya River Basin as part of a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship in Watershed Science and Policy, he moved with his wife to Baton Rouge where he dabbled in stay-at-home husbanding and housekeeping on a shoestring before being hired by the Center for Planning Excellence.
As a member of CPEX’s Planning + Implementation team, Justin is currently researching climate change adaptation as it pertains to coastal Louisiana.
Justin’s personal life revolves around spending quality time with a 15-year old Chihuahua named Mr. Man, basking in the tranquility of not having any children, and assisting his wife in her academic endeavors as she works towards a Master’s of Architecture at Louisiana State University.
Expertise: Natural resource management and restoration, Ecosystem services, Coupled natural and human systems, Environmental policy