Dr. John Pardue is the Elizabeth Howell Stewart Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University. He directs the Hazardous Substance Research Center at LSU. Dr. Pardue’s research group investigates the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment focused primarily on chemicals in wetlands and aquatic systems, environmental impacts of disasters and shoreline restoration techniques. He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and conducted research for federal agencies such as EPA, NSF, NOAA, and DOD. His research has led to development of a number of innovative technologies including the sustainable constructed wetland approach for treating contaminated groundwater. His group published the first peer reviewed scientific paper on Hurricane Katrina ( (Pardue, J.H., W.M. Moe, D. McInnis, L.J. Thibodeaux, K.T Valsaraj, E. Maciasz, I. van Heerden, N. Korevec and Q.Z. Yuan. 2005. Chemical and microbiological parameters in New Orleans floodwater following Hurricane Katrina. Environ. Sci. Technol. 39:8591 – 8599). In addition, his research group works closely with international collaborators including the Environmental Engineering program at UCLAS at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, West Africa providing research opportunities for future faculty and working to further development of environmental engineering in developing areas.
Attorneys for Nichols' family called the move "appropriate and proportional" in response to his death and urged other cities to follow suit but also stressed that "misconduct is not restricted to these specialty units."