CC&E Returns to CERF

The College of the Coast & Environment made a strong showing at the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation's, or CERF's, 24th Biennial Conference on November 5 - 8, 2017, in Providence, RI. CERF, arguably the most important association devoted to the understanding and wise stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems worldwide, provides an opportunity for the College's students and faculty to showcase recent research, as well as network with scientists and other professionals representing government agencies, businesses and nonprofits from North America's coastal states and provinces, as well as from more than 20 countries.

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CC&E Dean and former CERF President Chris D'Elia greets visitors to the LSU booth at CERF 2017

CC&E has a rich history with the organization: Three of the federation's former presidents have LSU ties: Dean Chris D'Elia (1991-1993); Professor and Shell Chair Nancy Rabalais (1997-1999); and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program Executive Director Robert Twilley (2015-2017).

Several CC&E researchers participated in sessions on topics including coastal and estuarine nutrient pollution, ecological responses to climate-induced mangrove expansion into salt marshes and the impacts of extreme weather on
estuaries.

CC&E hosted the LSU booth and reunion, with the goal of highlighting the University as a leader in coastal and estuarine research. The gathering attracted more than 100 attendees and provided opportunities for recruiting students and connecting with alumni.