Associate Provost (TAMU) and Chief Academic Officer (TAMUG)
Phone: (409) 740-4409
Cari Bishop Smith
Dr. Patrick Louchouarn serves as the Associate Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Texas A&M University at Galveston. 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 bachelor’s degree in 1989 in Marine Biology at McGill University (Montreal), followed by a master’s 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), nutrients (phosphorus), and terrestrial organic matter in freshwater and marine systems.
Dr. Louchouarn was educated in and speaks fluently three languages (French, English, and Spanish). He also studied Mandarin in Mainland China in the late 1980s, as part of a Minor in East Asian Studies.
From 1998 to 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 of 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’s in Public Administration program at the School of International and Public Affairs. He was also appointed Associate Professor of aqueous geochemistry in Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
In 2006, Dr. Louchouarn joined Texas A&M University at Galveston/Texas A&M University as an Associate Professor of marine sciences and of oceanography. He became Head of the Department of Marine Sciences in 2010 and Full Professor in 2011. After eight months serving in an interim capacity, he became Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer for Texas A&M University atGalveston and Associate Provost for Texas A&M University in 2013.
He works in multidisciplinary research to understand the impacts of environmental perturbations on biogeochemical cycling at ecosystem interfaces. 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.