On Thursday, May 10, the University of Virginia’s Lifetime Learning in the Office of Engagement, in partnership with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), will host a provocative panel discussion by three esteemed professors about the important, collaborative research being done in the Virginia coastal region. A reception will begin at 6:15pm followed by the panel discussion at 7pm at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel, situated on the Elizabeth River, an estuary of the Chesapeake Bay, in the historic city of Portsmouth.
More than half the world’s population lives along coasts and the rivers that feed them, which includes 11 of the 15 largest cities, and even more people utilize coastal resources in their daily lives. As these areas increasingly experience the effects of recurrent flooding and severe storms and land use in vast watersheds like the Chesapeake Bay continue to significantly impact water quality, fisheries, and ecosystem health, long-term solutions and strategies to address this dramatic environmental change must be found.
During the evening’s event, UVA professors will describe the coastal studies and innovative programs they are leading to promote resilience and sustainability to such change. The panelists include:
Phoebe Crisman, School of Architecture, Director of the Environments and Sustainability concentration of the Major in Global Studies and Director of the Minor in Global Sustainability
Celeste Murphy Green, SCPS Program Director for Business and Professional Studies, whose research focuses on environmental justice, quality of life issues, and social media usage by local government
Karen McGlathery, Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice President for Research, Sustainability & the Environment, an Director of the Interdisciplinary Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research Program, whose research concentrates on the effects of environmental change including climate, nutrient pollution, and species invasions in coastal systems.
These experts will detail the collaboration in which their teams are engaged to implement innovative strategies to support evidence-based decisions and policies to anticipate and prepare for coastal challenges now and in the future—strategies that integrate environmental sciences, engineering, design, and community engagement.
The panel will be moderated by Neil L. Rose, Esq., a Virginia Beach UVA alumnus and Partner in the Tax and Estate Practice Group at Willcox Savage.
The event is free and open to UVA alumni, parents and community friends. Registration is required.