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Spring 2016 CSS Past Lectures

Judith Swift – Spring 2016

“Living on the Edge: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Coastal Management” Judith Swift Director, Professor of Communication Studies & Theater URI...

About Judith Swift

Judith Swift serves as the director of the Coastal Institute and a Professor of Communication Studies and Professor of Theatre at the University of Rhode Island. Her research focus is the translation of science to the public. She often employs the arts as a means to translate science for the lay public, using emotional learning as a means to stimulate interest in and “stickiness” of information. Among her most recent works are a cabaret on adaptive management of coastal ecosystems, It’s a Shore Thing, which has been performed at over four dozen local, regional and national science conferences; and The Katrina Project, a dramatic piece based on over 90 interviews Swift conducted in New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta following Hurricane Katrina, which has had performances and readings throughout the country.


David Waggoner – Spring 2016

“Seeds” Click here to watch David Waggonner’s full lecture. David Waggonner Principal Architect Waggonner + Ball Architect Thursday, Mar...

About David Waggonner

David Waggonner is president of Waggonner & Ball, an award winning, internationally active architecture practice located in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Yale School of Architecture and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, David saw an opportunity for New Orleans to reinvent itself as a safe, resilient, economically vibrant city through embracing its life-blood: water. This was manifested in the Dutch Dialogues workshops that led to the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, now being developed through the city’s winning National Disaster Resilience Competition Urban Delta entry for the Gentilly Resilience District.


David Muth – Spring 2016

“Coordinating NGO Advocacy with $16 Billion on the Table: Restoring the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster” Click here...

About David Muth

David Muth is a New Orleans native who has spent a lifetime in the Mississippi River delta and on the Gulf coast, studying its geology, ecology, plants, wildlife, history and culture. He took his degree in history at University of New Orleans and became professionally interested in the connection between culture and environment in the context of the delta. He worked for 30 years with the National Park Service at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in south Louisiana, eventually managing its natural and cultural resource programs. At the beginning of 2011, he joined the National Wildlife Federation and is the Director of the Gulf Restoration program, working in all five Gulf states, combining advocacy, outreach, education, science, and communications, along with state and federal policy initiatives, to bring about comprehensive, large-scale restoration of Gulf ecosystems, from the Everglades to the Rio Grande.


Peter Groffman – Spring 2016

“The bio-geo-socio-chemistry of urban riparian zones” Click here to watch Peter Groffman’s full lecture. Peter Groffman Research Scientist in...

About Peter Groffman

Peter M. Groffman is a Professor at the City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center and Brooklyn College, with research interests in ecosystem, soil, landscape and microbial ecology, with a focus on carbon and nitrogen dynamics. Groffman is chair of the Executive Board of the U.S. National Science Foundation funded Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network Science Council and a participant in LTER projects in Baltimore (urban) and New Hampshire (northern hardwood forests).  Specific recent research efforts include studies of nitrogen dynamics in urban watersheds, lawns, riparian zones and forests, winter climate change effects on nutrient cycling in forests, calcium/nitrogen/carbon interactions in forests, and the effects of exotic earthworm invasion on soil nitrogen and carbon cycling. Groffman was a Convening Lead Author for the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment Chapter on Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and a lead author for the Second (Wetlands) and Third (North America) Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Program on Climate Change (IPCC).