CC&E Faculty and Students Represent LSU at 2018 AGU Conference
Eighty-one LSU students, faculty, and staff presented their research at the centennial meeting of the American Geophysical Union, or AGU, on December 10-14 in Washington, D.C. Of those, about 21 faculty and students represented the College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E. They showcased the impacts of CC&E’s research on natural and human influences on the environment, such as how to effectively communicate with stakeholders about hazard mitigation, the role of social media in disaster communications, and simulations and models for coastal and deltaic resilience and adaptation.
Highlights included: Dr. John White’s work on how spring floods in the Mississippi River affect coastal food webs, PhD candidate Kendall Valentine’s research into how wind effects marsh erosion, Dr. Giulio Mariotti’s use of simulations and modeling to predict coastal changes and develop cost-efficient ways to mitigate and adapt to those changes, and Dr. Kanchan Maiti’s talk about the impact of tropical storms on sediment transport and coastal biogeochemistry along the Louisiana-Texas shelf.
Additionally, on December 11, a live-streamed press conference entitled, “Penguins! From Space” featured Mike Polito’s recent scientific expedition to the Danger Islands, where he and a multi-institutional team of researchers discovered a breeding colony of more than 1.5 million penguins. At the press conference, Polito revealed new information about the age of the penguin supercolony and how the researchers are using NASA satellite imagery to expand research on penguins in remote parts of Antarctica.
CC&E’s is leading the way in exploring environmental, social, and economic sustainability in coastal landscapes from the Mississippi River to deltaic zones around the world.
Additional Penguin Information:
- Read more about Polito’s penguins discovery here: https://www.lsu.edu/cce/newsevents/news/2018/03/02dangerislands.eb.php
- Watch a video of Polito’s Press Conference here: http://live.projectionnet.com/AGUPress/FM2018.aspx
Below is a full list of the LSU CC&E presenters and their presentation titles. Click the title for a summary: