DUWC's Richardson to give a presentation on Everglades Restoration as part of Duke's 2015 Ocean Awareness Week

DUWC Director Curtis Richardson will give a presentation about his restoration work in the Florida Everglades on Tuesday, April 7, at 4:00 PM in Room A158 of the Levine Science Research Center. The talk, part of Duke's 2015 Ocean Awareness Week, is sponsored by Duke's Student Association of Wetland Scientists.


Beginning in 1989, the Duke University Wetland Center began an extensive research project in the Florida Everglades. The project emphasized experiments with controls in contrast to observational data. Experiments were long-term, often covering years. The project involved different spatial scales of approaches (laboratory, microcosm, mesocosm, field-scale, gradient studies, watershed-level studies).


The project culminated in The Everglades Experiments: Lessons for Ecosystem Restoration. The book, encyclopedic in scope, brings together key findings from 14 years of experiments in the Everglades by the Wetland Center and its partners. The 702-page book was published in 2008 by Springer Press. 


Ocean Awareness Week (April 7-10) is organized by the Ocean Policy Working Group, the Coastal Society, DukeFish, the Duke Marine Science and Conservation Leaders, and the Student Association of Wetland Scientists. The week of events dedicated to all things ocean culminates in OPWG's 2015 Symposium. The current schedule is below, but to receive updates throughout the week, join the Facebook event​.


Monday, April 6, 6:30pm in Field Auditorium, Environment Hall
A film screening of Red Gold​, a documentary film on the proposed Pebble Mine told through the voices of commercial, subsistence and sport fishermen of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Refreshments provided, sponsored by DukeFish. (The film is about an hour long, so we'll be done in plenty of time to catch the Duke game!)


Tuesday, April 7, 4:00 - 5:15 in LSRC A158

Professor Curt Richardson will speak about his restoration work in the Florida Everglades. The event will be a 45 minute talk, followed by a 30 minute Q&A about Curt's wetland career and coastal wetland work. Sponsored by the Student Association of Wetland Scientists.

Wednesday, April 8

5:00 - 6:30pm, EH reading room (2113)

The Duke Marine Science and Conservation Leaders would like to invite graduate students with ocean and coastal interests to an informal meetup. This will be an opportunity for graduate students to share some advice and experience with undergraduates at Duke, and to chat about shared ocean interests. The event will start with a 30 minute talk from guest speaker Mark Benson, and food will be provided.

 6:30pm- 8pm, EH 2102
Coastal Careers Perspective: a session with coastal professionals and their career journeys. How did they find their job?  What sort of work do they do within their fields? What obstacles have they faced?  What does the future of coastal careers look like? Other coastal career advice will also be discussed with the panel. Sponsored by the Coastal Society.


Thursday, April 9, 7pm- 10pm, Blu Seafood & Bar
Speak with local coastal and marine environment professionals including speakers from the Ocean Policy Working Group Spring 2015 Symposium and the North Carolina Sea Grant.  Drinks are on the Coastal Society!


Friday, April 10, 8am - 5pm, Gross Hall 103 and Atrium

The 2015 OPWG Symposium will draw on speaker perspectives from policy, research, academia, government, and industry to explore issues of offshore energy and ocean noise. Topics to be covered include impacts of ocean anthropogenic noise, non-renewable exploration and development, and the tensions between energy needs and conservation policy. The event is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided, but please RSVP on the website.

April 6, 2015