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Coastal Environmental Science 10th Anniversary Celebration


April 27, 2018

9:30-11:00 a.m.

Dalton J. Woods Auditorium


Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Coastal Environmental Science (CES) degree. CES is one of the few undergraduate degrees in the country that combines environmental sciences with oceanography and coastal sciences.


Keynote Address

Mark Benfield, Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, will be the keynote speaker. Benfield’s research interests include Zooplankton ecology, optical and acoustic sensing of zooplankton, computer-based classification of zooplankton, acoustical telemetry studies of fish and invertebrates, and the application of industrial remotely operated vehicles (ROV) in biological observatories. He is also an expert on the abundance and composition of microplastic pollution in the Mississippi River.


Alumni Updates

Brandon M. Boyd, Ph.D., Research Physical Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal and Hydraulics Lab, is a 2010 Coastal Environment Sciences (CES) graduate. He later earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Delaware while on a NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Fellowship, and a Ph.D. on radionuclide-based study of marsh accretion in contrasting estuary types, funded by a Department of Defense SMART Fellowship. His work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers includes wetland restoration, estuarine sediment dynamics, and development of a radionuclide tracer research program.


LaurenKasparek, ORISE Research Fellow, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, is a 2011 CES graduate. She later earned a Master of Public Health from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. Her work with the EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water includes research on harmful algal blooms, disinfectant by-products, and potable reuse initiatives. Previously, she served as a student attorney on a Clean Water Act case in Mississippi that led to a settlement in 2014.


Lab Demonstrations

3D Deep Sea, Led by Mark Benfield, observe deep-sea animals from the Gulf of Mexico swimming right in front of you in 3D.


Wave Tank and River/Delta Table, Led by Giulio Mariotti, watch the wave tank model real-life waves, sediment transport, and sand ripples and explore the river/delta table’s meandering river, bank erosion, and delta lobe formation.


FlowCAM, Led by Malinda Sutor, view water samples of microscopic plankton via Fluid Image Technology and learn how plankton have been making the Earth habitable for 1.5 billion years.


CEGO Open House, visit our brand new undergraduate research/teaching lab in room 1070 ECE for some hands-on activities using new scientific equipment that CC&E has funded to support undergraduate research and teaching.


For more information, contact Sibel Bargu Ates at or 225-578-0029.