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Please double check this site the day before the event. Many of these speakers and events are hosted by the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.

FALL 2015



Sea-Level Rise in Florida: An Overview with a Focus on Law & Policy
Thomas Ruppert, Esq. Coastal Planning Specialist Florida Sea Grant College Program

Thomas Ruppert will provide an overview of the science of sea- level rise and explore the range of law an policy issues facing Florida in coming decades. He will introduce ideas regarding the very notion of “property” and how our perception of property impacts how we may address sea-level rise.


WHEN: WED, 9/2 4:30-5:30 P.M. 


Extreme City: Climate Change and the Future of Urbanization
A talk by Dr. Ashley Dawson The Graduate Center, CUNY

Cities lie in the bullseye of climate change, none more so than Miami. How are designers and planners responding to climate change-related threats such as sea level rise? Can cities such as Miami, New York, and Mumbai be made resilient enough to withstand the extreme forms of weather bearing down on them, or should preemptive retreat be part of our plans for low-lying coastal regions? What role should issues of social justice play in discussions of the city and resilience?


WHEN: WED, 9/9 4:30-5:45 P.M



Sunken Ships and Submerged Sites:  The Underwater Archaeology and Exploration Initiative at Texas State University

The Underwater Archaeology and Exploration Initiative at Texas State University’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment seeks to make physical connections with our past and to uncover stories that have been lost to us over time.  The initiative focuses on the archaeological exploration of submerged prehistoric sites and the search for the lost ships of famous privateers, pirates, and the colonial Spanish, from inside underwater caves to a mile deep in the ocean.  Prehistoric underwater archaeological efforts include the Spring Lake site on campus, prehistoric sites now submerged offshore, and submerged caves and caverns.  Maritime archaeological efforts entail the search for, documentation of, and excavation of shipwrecks that belonged to colonial Spanish, 18th century maritime conflict and naval engagement, 17thand 19th century pirates and privateers, and anything else found throughout the course of the explorations in the Caribbean.  The initiative also involves best practices in the management of underwater cultural heritage, capacity-building in less developed countries, conservation of aquatic resources, and sustainable economic development.


WHERE: SLAB Seminar Room (S/A building, Room 103)

WHEN: This coming Friday, September 11 at 4 pm