Upcoming Seminars:

To Be Announced

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Past Seminars:

Zombies, Sports, and Cola: What Do They Mean For Communicating Weather and Climate?

Speaker: Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia

Presentation: Apr. 20, 2018

Marshall Shepherd


Dr. Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and a former President of the American Meteorological Society. He appears regularly on CBS Face The Nation, NOVA, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, The Weather Channel and several others. His TEDx Atlanta Talk on “Slaying Climate Zombies” is one of the most viewed climate lectures on YouTube. He is also the host of The Weather Channel’s Award-Winning Sunday talk show Weather Geeks and is frequently asked to advise key leaders at NASA, the White House, Congress, Department of Defense, and foreign officials.

A Blue Vision in the Face of Changing Ocean and Political Regimes

Speaker:  David Helvarg, Blue Frontier

Presentation: Feb. 16, 2018

David Helvarg


Mr. Helvarg discusses the state of the ocean, his own experiences as a journalist reporting on the impacts of overfishing, marine pollution, coastal sprawl and climate disruption on every continent including Antarctica and most recently, Cuba. In discussing these impacts and his unique and sometimes funny discoveries from being bitten by a trigger fish while trying to avoid sharks, to being pummeled by a manatee to helping scientists "diet sample" penguins he will reflect on the radical marine policy changes taking place between the Obama and Trump administrations.  Mr. Helvarg will also address possible adaptations and responses and how to both build sustained science-based solutions from the bottom up while also trying to scale them up faster than the cascading problems we're facing on our blue marble planet.

Blue Carbon, Green Infrastructure, and Biodiversity and Human Health: Science to Support Policies, Planning, and Conservation

Speaker: Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier, The Nature Conservancy

Presentation: Feb. 5, 2018

Ariana Sutton Grier


Ecosystems are threatened by many stressors including climate change and development. Ecosystems also provide many benefits to human communities, some of which we are newly discovering such as benefits to human health. This talk will discuss the state of the science of some of these benefits including carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands, the flood risk reduction provided by coastal ecosystems, and connections between nature and biodiversity and human health. In addition, this presentation will explore how this science can help inform policy, decisions, and management of ecosystems and hopefully lead to more ecosystem protection and restoration.

The Intergenerational Impact of Chemical and Non-Chemical Stressors on Maternal and Child Health: What Does it Have to do With You?

Speaker:  Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, Tulane University

Presentation: Jan. 26, 2018

Maureen Lichtveld


In this seminar, Dr. Lichtveld will examine cumulative risks associated with exposures to environmental chemical contaminants and non-chemical stressors such as stress and violence on birth outcomes and infant development.  She will present information from her work dealing with acute stressor situations including natural and technological disasters and chronic conditions such as health disparities, both of which may result in life-time adversity for those affected.  Dr. Lichtveld will emphasize community-based, participatory research strategies and approaches to research translation and dissemination. 

The Moral Hazard of US Coastal Policy

Speaker: Dr. Rob Young, Western Carolina University

Presentation: Sept. 27, 2017

Rob Young


Join Dr. Rob Young, coastal geologist and long-time critic of the current approach to U.S. coastal management for a talk about the need for a new approach to managing our nation’s shorelines. Dr. Young has served on the SC Blue Ribbon Committee on Shoreline Change and testified before Congress about numerous coastal issues. He appearsfrequently in the popular media.