LEAD Emerge 2015


Ashley Riggs Martin, Research Associate III and Zooplankton Laboratory Assistant Manager in the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, represented the School of the Coast & Environment at LSU's 2015 LEAD Emerge program. Ashley Riggs Martin is one of only three people in the School ever selected for the prestigious program.


Pictured: LSU LEAD Emerge class of 2015. Ashley Riggs Martin (bottom second from the left) 

LEAD Emerge is LSU's leadership development program for new supervisors, candidates for promotion to a supervisory position, and current supervisors desiring professional and personal development. The program focuses on building and enhancing leadership skills that support the University's strategic objectives and flagship agenda.

Using self-awareness as a catalyst for professional improvement, the program incorporates a combination of individual and group experiential exercises to further build participants' competencies. Program participation provides a comprehensive view of their personal preferences and style. It exposes participants to new concepts regarding leadership and management.

Dr. Malinda Sutor nominated Ashley to take part in the program. When asked about her nominee, she mentioned that:

Ashley has distinguished herself as an excellent scientist and manager and I am thrilled that she was selected to participate in this year’s LEAD program.  Ashley came to my laboratory with a background in geochemistry and she quickly mastered a range of skills in plankton ecology and has distinguished herself as a great researcher and manager both within the laboratory group and the larger research community outside of LSU.  It would be impossible to run large research programs without talented research associates like Ashley.  The additional training and experience that the LEAD program provides has strengthened Ashley’s skills as a leader and made her an even more valuable resource in the department”.

Regarding her participation in the program, Ashley pointed out that

LEAD Emerge has been an incredible journey of self-reflection and leadership development. Through the diverse curricula and invaluable discussions with peers, I have strengthened my management, motivational, and conflict resolution skills. I am confident these lessons will not only serve me on a daily basis as integral member of the zooplankton laboratory at DOCS, but also throughout my professional career".​

Ashley Riggs Martin received her Master’s degree from the University of Alabama at the Dauphin Island Sea lab. She provides supervision and technical support to laboratory personnel working in various aspects of the Analysis of zooplankton samples from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Damage Assessment. Previously to joining DOCS, Ashley worked as a Research specialist at the University of South Carolina and as a Research technician at Dauphin Island Sea lab.