Speaker Dr. James Ackermam, Professor in the Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico -- Rio Piedras
His research interests are Tropical Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Biogeography of the Caribbean, Invasive Species Biology, Pollination Biology, Orchid Natural History, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.
Speaker Dr. Patricia Kelley, Professor of Geology at University of North Carolina, Wilmington, is Distinguished Lecturer on Evolution and Society for the Paleontological Society. Dr. Kelley seeks to bridge the divide between the reality of evolution and beliefs maintained by the great religious traditions.
Speaker Dr. Andrea Hawkes is Assistant Professor of Geology in the Department of Geography and Geology, Center for Marine Science, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her main research interests include the development and application of environmental modeling and quantitative palaeoenvironmental reconstruction techniques with the aim of understanding the role of earthquakes, tsunamis, storms as driving mechanisms of Quaternary relative sea-level change and coastal evolution.
Graduate students in the department's Ph.D. program and M.S. programs will present their research to faculty, staff and students of Earth and Environment. Presentations can be volunteered for either a poster or short talk. Refreshments will be served in the morning and afternoon. A reception at the end will celebrate graduate research with awards for best talks and best posters.
Speaker Dr. Simon Mitchell is Professor of Sedimentary Geology at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. His expertise is in mixed carbonate-clastic depositional systems, rudistid bivalve evolution, and Caribbean geology and hydrocarbon exploration.
Kathleen Fallon, An analysis of beach-goers perception of beach safety at Miami Beach, Florida. Phillip Lamela,
Investigation of Foraminiferal Assemblages from the Paleogene Cannonball Formation. Zoe Verlaak,
Deep Infaunal Forams in Mangrove Swamps: Implications for Sea Level Reconstructions. Tyler Wieland, Tropical Cyclone Genesis: The Influence of Precipitating Areas and Rainfall Over Time