Speaker to discuss disaster philosophy


Each semester, UNF invites several people in the community and around the nation to speak in various lecture series.

For the Spring 2009 semester, the UNF Coastal Biology Program invited Dr. Stanley Riggs to participate in the 2009 Elise B. Newell Seminar Series.

For those interested in attending, here are some quick facts.

Dr. Stanley Riggs, a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at East Carolina University. His interests involve incorporating scientific understanding with the anagement of coastal systems.

Riggs will be speaking on “Climate change, sea-level rise and storms,” which is based on his four decades of research of the North Carolina coast.

8 p.m., Jan. 29

The University Center

Riggs published a report of his five-year study of the Waccamaw River in North Carolina titled, “The Waccamaw Drainage System: Geology and Dynamics of a Coastal Wetland, Southeastern North Carolina.” His specific teaching and research fields include climate change, hazardous zone delineation, inlet dynamics and water quality. He has spoken at workshops and lecture series across the nation and has more than 40 years of research to speak about.

Riggs received a Bachelor of Science from Beloit College in 1960 and a Master of Science from Dartmouth College in 1962. He graduated with a doctorate from the University of Montana in 1967.

Compiled by Holli Welch.