||John Anderson, Ph.D. is
the Maurice Ewing Professor of Oceanography at Rice University and the Academic
Director of the Shell Center for Sustainability. His current research interests
are in 1) the recent retreat history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and those
factors that regulated ice sheet retreat, and 2) The evolution of the US Gulf
Coast and response of coastal environments to global change.
participated in 24 scientific expeditions to Antarctica. He has authored and
co-authored over 200 refereed publications, edited 5 volumes and published two
books, “Antarctic Marine Geology” (Cambridge University Press), and “Formation
and Future of the Upper Texas Coast”.
John is past president of the Society of Sedimentary Research. He has received several awards, including two
Rice teaching awards, the Outstanding Educator Award of the Gulf Coast
Geological Society and the 2007 Shepard Medal of the Society for Sedimentary
PRESENTATION: HOW SUSTAINABLE IS THE TEXAS COAST?
VIDEO: SESSION 1
||Dr. Philip B. Bedient is the Herman Brown Professor of Civil and
Environmental Engineering at Rice University, and has been studying urban
hydrology for the past 35 years, including major floodplain studies; storm
water studies, water quality studies, and radar-based flood alert systems for
Texas. Dr. Bedient is lead author of a textbook entitled "Hydrology and
Floodplain Analysis", used in over 70 universities. Dr. Bedient is currently director of the SSPEED
Center, which will organize leading universities, researchers, emergency
managers, and associated technologies to address severe storm impacts in the
Gulf Coast area. SSPEED is designing resilient solutions for hurricane storm surge for the entire
Galveston bay system using advanced computer models and teams of experts.
PRESENTATION: SEVERE STORM IMPACTS IN THE PRESENCE OF HURRICANE SURGE
VIDEO: SESSION 3
||Russell Blessing's research is primarily
concerned with understanding the impacts of varied urban development patterns
on built and natural land cover types and understanding how these varied
patterns effect the resilience of socio-ecological systems. The use of Geographic Information Systems
(GIS), the conceptual models of landscape ecology, and spatial modeling, critical tools he uses to test hypotheses of urban-environment development
dynamics. He is currently a Ph.D. student in
the Urban and Regional Science program at Texas A&M University and conducts research with the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores with an emphasis on
inland and surged based flood risk and mitigation. He has a Masters in Urban Planning from Texas
A&M University and a BA in Environmental Studies and Biology from Austin
||Samuel D. Brody, Ph.D. is a Professor
and holder of the George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts in the
Departments of Marine Sciences and Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at
Texas A&M University. He is the
Director of Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and the Co-Director of the
Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities.
Dr. Brody’s research focuses on
coastal environmental planning, spatial analysis, flood mitigation, climate
change policy, and natural hazards mitigation.
He has published numerous scientific articles on flood risk and
mitigation, and recently authored the book, Rising
Waters: The causes and consequences of flooding in the United States
published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Brody teaches graduate courses in
environmental planning and sustainable/resilient coastal development. He has also worked in both the public and
private sectors to help local coastal communities to environmental and flood
mitigation plans. For more information,
please visit www.tamug.edu/ctbs or www.tamug.edu/ISCC.
PRESENTATION: PREDICTING URBAN GROWTH IN VULNERABLE COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS
VIDEO: SESSION 5
||John W. Day, Jr. Ph.D. is
Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal
Sciences, School of the Coast & Environment at Louisiana State University,
where he has taught since 1971. He has published extensively on the ecology and
management of coastal and wetland ecosystems and has over 200 peer-reviewed
publications. He is co-editor (with B. Crump, M. Kemp, and A. Yáñez-Arancibia)
of Estuarine Ecology 2013, coeditor
(with C. Hall) of Ecological Modeling in
Theory and Practice, coeditor (with W. Conner) of The Ecology of the Barataria Basin, An Estuarine Profile, coeditor
(with A. Yáñez-Arancibia) of the Ecology
of Coastal Ecosystems in the Southern Mexico: The Terminos Lagoon Region, coeditor
(with A. Yáñez-Arancibia) of
Ecosystem Based Management of the Gulf of Mexico in 2013.
Professor Day received
his PhD in marine sciences and environmental sciences from the University of
North Carolina in 1971 working with Dr. H.T. Odum. Since then, he has conducted extensive
research on the ecology and management of the Mississippi Delta region and for
the last 40 years, has studied coastal ecosystems in Mexico. He was a visiting professor in the Institute
of Marine Sciences of the National University of Mexico in 1978-1979, at the
University of Utrecht in the Netherlands during 1986, at the Laboratoire
d'Ecologie, Unversité Claude Bernard in Arles France during 1992-93, and in the
Department of Geography at Cambridge University in 2000-2001. He has also worked with the University of
Campeche and the Institute of Ecology in Xalapa, Mexico.
Professor Day worked in the Mediterranean studying the impacts of climate
change on wetlands in Venice Lagoon and in the Po, Rhone and Ebro deltas. He is presently working on using wetlands as
a means of removing nitrogen from the Mississippi River. Dr. Day also served as a member of the
hypoxia reassessment taskforce and published with Dr. William Mitsch on this
subject. He is currently involved in research on the impacts of 21st
century megatrends on sustainability of natural and human systems. He served as chair of the National Technical
Review Committee reviewing the restoration program for the Mississippi delta
and is currently active in delta restoration.
He served as chair of the Science and Engineering Special Team on
restoration of the Mississippi delta (a book on this effort was published in
2014). He serves on the Scientific
Steering Committee of the Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone, an
international coastal science effort. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship
for study in France and the Estuarine Research Federation Cronin Award for
excellence in teaching in coastal sciences.
He has served as major professor for 68 MS and PhD students.
PRESENTATION: IMPLICATIONS OF 21ST CENTURY META-TRENDS FOR GULF COAST SUSTAINABILITY
VIDEO: KEYNOTE SESSION
PRESENTATION: POLICY & SUSTAINABILITY
VIDEO: SESSION 6
||David Mohrig, Ph.D.
VIDEO: PANEL DISCUSSION
Jeffrey Nittrouer, Ph.D. is a professor of Geology at Rice University. Dr. Nittrouer received is Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin (2010, Geology), and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois (2012, Geology and Civil and Environmental Engineering). His research examines sediment transport, hydrology, and morphodynamics of fluvial, deltaic, and coastal systems, in order to understand how physical processes interact to shape the Earth's surface, over modern to geological timescales. He is the Principal Investigator for The Stress Nexus of Coastlines project funded by the Shell Center for Sustainability.
PRESENTATION: SEDIMENT SUPPLY
VIDEO: SESSION 2
||Jamie E. Padgett, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University in
Houston, TX. Padgett’s
research focuses on the application of probabilistic methods for risk
assessment of structures, including the quantification of infrastructure
sustainability. Her work addresses the
protection of structural infrastructure such as bridges or oil storage tanks exposed
to multiple hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, or aging and
Dr. Padgett is Chair of
the ASCE technical committee on Multiple Hazard Mitigation, and serves on the
executive committee for the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake
Engineering (TCLEE). She currently
serves on editorial boards for the ASCEJournal of Bridge Engineering, and Earthquakes and Structures. Dr. Padgett has received several awards and
recognitions including the 2011 National Science Foundation Faculty Early
Career Development (CAREER) Award and ASCE’s 2009 New Face of Civil Engineering
for her work in the field of infrastructure risk assessment and
protection. Her research has been
supported by such agencies as the National Science Foundation, Transportation Research
Board, Shell Center for Sustainability, and Houston Endowment.
PRESENTATION: STORM IMPACTS ON SELECT ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
VIDEO: SESSION 4