Coastal scientist and LSU professor Roy Dokka died Monday at his home in St. Francisville, according to a LSU press release.

Dokka, 59, was executive director of the Center for GeoInformatics; director of the Louisiana Spatial Reference Center; and holder of the Fruehan Family Professorship in engineering at LSU.

Dokka joined LSU’s Department of Geology & Geophysics in 1980 as an assistant professor after earning his doctorate in geological sciences from the University of Southern California. He was promoted to full professor in 1990 and became the first recipient of the Adolphe G. Gueymard Professorship in Geology & Geophysics in 1998.

In 2001, Dokka joined LSU’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and helped build new research and academic programs in Geodesy and GeoInformatics.

One of Dokka’s research projects focused on applying Global Positioning System to accurately measure the height of levees and other coastal features - something that is tricky with traditional means because of the subsidence in the coastal areas.

Dokka is survived by his wife of 37 years, Margie Dokka, daughters Saundra Dokka Parfait and her husband Chris Parfait, and Kristina Dokka Knight and her husband William P. Knight II and son Trey.

Memorial service plans will be announced at a later time.