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Scott W. Nixon Lecture

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Science is a social enterprise, we communicate through the scientific literature, and we must do nothing to undermine the integrity of that communication. Both in sending and in receiving information, we must remain skeptical.” –Scott W. Nixon

The Scott W. Nixon Lecture is held annually in memory of Dr. Scott Nixon, a world-renowned biological oceanographer who spent his career at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO). The Coastal Institute funds this annual lecture and chairs a planning committee of colleagues, peers, and mentees of Dr. Nixon’s at GSO and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Each year, an invited researcher delivers a keynote lecture and attends a series of daytime and evening events available to other researchers and graduate students. This promotes inter-institution collaboration and highlights the research being conducted at the GSO.

Invited lecturers include:

April 5, 2018 – Dr. Robinson W. Fulweiler, Associate Professor, Director of the BU Marine Program, Departments of Earth & Environment and Biology, Boston University.

This event will be live streamed below Thursday, April 5th at 3:30 PM.


2017 – Dr. Susan Lozier, Ronie-Richele Garcia-Johnson Professor, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, North Carolina.

2016 – Dr. Daniel Conley, Professor of Biochemistry, Lund University, Sweden. Getting Rid of Hypoxia in a Warming World. Click here to view lecture.

2015 – Dr. Sybil Seitzinger, Director of the ICSU-sponsored International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, Sweden.

2014 – Dr. Ariel E. Lugo, Director of the USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Jardin Botanico Sur, Puerto Rico.

2013 – Dr. Carlos M. Duarte, Director of the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia and research professor with the Spanish National Research Council at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies in Mallorca, Spain. Click here to view lecture.


Other Workshops and Events

* A Scientific Computing and Programming for Coastal Resource Management Workshop was jointly hosted in January 2014 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Atlantic Ecology Division and the Coastal Institute. This three-day workshop provided training to over 40 researchers, including graduate students from the University of Rhode Island, on basic programming, version control, and documentation.

Steve Pollackov, GIS commanding officer for the New York Fire Department, addresses members of the R.I. Emergency Management Agency and the URI Environmental Data Center on how GIS can improve emergency response. Photo credit: URI Coastal Institute

* The Use of GIS in Disaster Planning and Response Workshop was jointly hosted in April 2014 by the RI Emergency Management Agency and the Coastal Institute. This one-day workshop provided over 70 of RI’s emergency response leaders and professionals with the knowledge of how to employ a geographic information system (GIS) to combat future natural disasters in the state. This workshop served as a springboard to further collaborations with the RI Emergency Management Agency focused on disaster planning and response.

* The Coastal Institute has been involved in the co-coordination of three URI Honors Colloquia focused on environmental issues:

Fall 2008 – People and Planet: Global Environmental Change

Fall 2011 – Are You Ready for the Future?

Spring 2011 – The State of Our Oceans

* Fluke Symposia were held in January 2012 and January 2013 aimed at solidifying program goals and objectives of the fluke fishery, and developing and evaluating program design options in an open, transparent way, with input and involvement from all stakeholders. This was a collaborative effort among the Coastal Institute, RI Department of Environmental Management, and the RI commercial fishing community to examine alternative approaches to the management of the RI commercial summer flounder fishery.

* completed project

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