Photo Gallery: Coral Reefs in Crisis


LSU CC&E hosted 2018’s Louisiana Environmental Lecture Series, “Coral Reefs in Crisis” on March 1-2, in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium at the Energy, Coast, & Environment Building. Speakers and panelists included:

  • Ruth Gates, director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and president of the International Society for Reef Studies. She is featured as a principal cast member and science advisor in the Netflix documentary “Chasing Coral.”
  • James W. Porter, Josiah Meigs Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia and principal cast member and science advisor in the Netflix documentary “Chasing Coral”
  • Christopher D'Elia, professor and dean of the College of the Coast & Environment, who was part of the landmark Symbios Expedition to Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1971
  •  Antonio Busalacchi, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, or UCAR
  •  Kristine DeLong, associate professor of Geography & Anthropology, who is currently researching reef history in the Gulf of Mexico

Before the evening screening and panel discussion on March 1, James Porter visited St James Episcopal Day School to teach second graders about corals. Then, at 6 p.m., audiences viewed the Netflix documentary, “Chasing Coral,” featuring Gates and Porter. Following the screening, a panel comprised of Gates, Porter, D’Elia, and Busalaachi discussed coral bleaching and its relevance to the global community.

On March 2, the event continued with a series of lectures from key speakers and ended with a final panel discussion featuring Porter, D’Elia, Busalaachi, and DeLong.


Dr. Jim Porter teaching students about corals at St. James Academy in...Dr. Jim Porter posing with the Abrahams Family at St. James AcademyFrom left to right Christopher D'Elia, James Porter, Antonio Busalacchi, and Ruth GatesPaul Sammarco, Ruth Gates, and Jim Porter talking and laughing at the reception

Audience members watching the opening scenes of Chasing CoralThursday night panel discussion; from left to right Ruth Gates, James Porter, Dean D'Elia, and Antonio BusalacchiDr. Ruth Gates discussing corals with interested students Friday panel discussion; from left to right Kristine DeLong, Antonio Busalacchi, James Porter, and Dean D'Elia

Guests and experts conversing at the reception Guests and staff viewing Coral Reefs in Crisis event posterAntonio Busalacchi and Kam-Biu Liu conversing at receptionK.T. Valsaraj and Antonio Busalacchi conversing at reception