Jeff King, Ph.D. P.E.

National Lead, USACE EWN Program


Dr. Jeffrey King is the national lead for the USACE EWN program. Prior to this role Jeff served as deputy national lead and program manager for the USACE EWN initiative from 2016 to 2023. In addition to managing a broad array of EWN activities and collaborative efforts, Dr. King is also advancing research and development projects within the EWN portfolio. Current research interest include:

  • Incorporation of EWN techniques/designs as a novel approach to traditional infrastructure;
  • Design and application of natural-nature based features (NNBF);
  • Promoting landscape architecture concepts/practices in pursuit of nature-based solutions; and
  • Fostering collaborative partnerships to achieve innovative outcomes that are aligned with elements of the EWN Initiative.

Before joining the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and EWN, Jeff was the Acting Director and Deputy Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, from 2011 through 2016. Before his time at NOAA, Jeff served in the USACE Savannah District from 2004 through 2011 within the district Regulatory and Planning Divisions. Jeff was also a research scientist with Westinghouse at the Savannah River National Laboratory and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. He received a BS from Florida State University in biochemistry, an MS from Johns Hopkins University in clinical/environmental toxicology, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Jeff is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia and South Carolina.

Jeff King, Ph.D. P.E.

Podcast Appearances

As fall gets into full swing, we’re kicking off the second half of Season 6 of the Engineering With Nature® Podcast by talking with members of the ......
In late June, while preparing for this episode, there were over 500 wildfires burning across Canada. Smoke from the wildfires was affecting million......
Host Sarah Thorne is joined by Jeff King, National Lead of the Engineering With Nature Program, to discuss his new role as the EWN National Lead, h......
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A team of subject matter experts and collaborators met at Saint Croix Island, ME, 21-221 June 2023 to identify nature-based solutions to preserve t......
Cold regions experience some of the most dynamic hydrodynamic processes on the planet and are undergoing rapid environmental change from rising sea......
Topic Ecotoxic Metal Retention in Ecologically-Engineered, Passive Treatment Systems: An Engineering With Nature Application in Small Mid-Contin......
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Research Projects

There is tremendous interest internal to USACE and elsewhere to integrate a suite of EWN case studies that highlight natural and nature-based featu......
Cold Region (CR) environments experience unique environmental stressors such as loss of permafrost and ice sheets from climate change, sea-level ri......
Many wetlands are subsiding due, in part, to reduced mineral sediment input. Navigation dredged sediment that is not beach quality (>15% fines) ......
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Built Projects

Not long after Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc across Northwest Florida in October 2018, devastating much of Tyndall Air Force Base along the way, ......
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