Todd S. Bridges, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Engineering With Nature® to Reduce Long-Term Risks from Natural Hazards
About Todd S. Bridges, Ph.D.
Dr. Bridges is the U.S. Army’s Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science. He became a Senior Professional (ST) within the U.S. Army in 2006, where his responsibilities include leading research, development and environmental initiatives for the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Dr. Bridges’ research activities support goals related to resilience, sustainability and environmental management. His primary areas of research activity concern: 1) the science and engineering of sustainable infrastructure development; 2) risk and decision analysis methods applied to water resources infrastructure and environmental systems; 3) management of sediment and environmental contaminants; and 4) natural systems engineering.
Dr. Bridges is the National Lead for the USACE Engineering with Nature® (EWN®) initiative, which includes a network of research projects, field demonstrations, and communication activities to promote sustainable, resilient infrastructure systems. He led the focus on Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) within the USACE’s North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study following Hurricane Sandy and currently leads an international collaboration to develop guidelines on the use of NNBF for coastal and fluvial systems. Dr. Bridges is also the Program Manager for the Dredging Operations Environmental Research (DOER) program, one of the Corps’ largest civil works R&D programs, where he directs the execution of more than $6 million in research annually. He has chaired international working groups and guidance development for the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization and the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC), where he currently serves as Chairman of PIANC’s Environmental Commission.
Dr. Bridges’ work has been supported by programs within the USACE; the U.S. Army, Navy, and Department of Defense; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and the private sector. His research activities have been recognized through receipt of several USACE and U.S. Army Research and Development Awards, the Government Service Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2009), the Outstanding Practitioner Award from the Society for Risk Analysis (2012), the Army Engineer Association’s Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal (2014), the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2008), among other awards. The EWN® Initiative was awarded the 2013 USACE Environmental Award in Natural Resource Conservation, the 2014 USACE Sustainability Award for Green Innovation, and the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Renewal Natural Resources Foundation.
Dr. Bridges has served on the editorial boards for the journals of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Dredging Engineering. He is a member of the Society for Risk Analysis, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, PIANC, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Dredging Association. Dr. Bridges also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia.
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Bridges has published more than 60 journal articles, book chapters, books and numerous technical reports. He received his B.A. (1985) and M.A. (1988) in Biology/Zoology from California State University, Fresno and his Ph.D. (1992) in Biological Oceanography at North Carolina State University.