This semester’s Port Planning and Policy class, led by Professor Austin Becker and R. Duncan McIntosh, has delved deep into the working waterfronts in New York City and Boston. Students discussed topics including the future role of ports, their development, and their current operational constraints with local port officials and workers. The course is designed […]
Prof. Smith is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research focuses on the intersections of science, policy, and media. She is particularly interested in the role of science communication and media effects as they relate to environmental decision-making. Dr. Smith has completed collaborative research with the US Forest Service and Maine Centers for Disease […]
Prof. Austin Becker has been selected as a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences. As an Assistant Professor of Coastal Planning, Policy, and Design, Prof. Becker conducts interdisciplinary research that cuts across the fields of planning, policy, design and engineering. He teaches Marine Affairs courses in coastal climate adaptation, maritime transportation systems […]
The URI Marine Affairs community mourns the loss of one of its esteemed alumnae, Kenelm Winslow “Ken” Coons, who passed away on February 3, 2017. Ken was born July 5, 1931, in Boston, MA, son of the late Quentin L. and Persis (Wallace) Coons. In addition to his wife of almost 20 years, Deborah […]
In the fall of 2015, NOAA Under Secretary Dr. Kathryn Sullivan initiated an internal honorary award with the creation of the Order of Sherman’s Lagoon, also known as the Silver Sherman Award. Jim Toomey, illustrator of the daily cartoon, Sherman’s Lagoon, which shares the exploits of Sherman the shark and also educates readers about the environment, agreed to NOAA using Sherman’s image for […]
Casey Tremper is a 2nd year Master’s of Arts of Marine Affairs student. She is carrying out her thesis research on perceptions surrounding the Underwater Coral Reef Sculpture Garden in Nassau on the island of New Providence, Bahamas. Casey spent 10 days in The Bahamas over winter break interviewing tourists, conservation managers, dive tour operators, […]
As part of his sabbatical, Professor Thompson returned to Indonesia in October and November to further develop educational and research partnerships with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs, the Provincial governments of West Nusa Tenggura and Aceh, and universities on Java, Lumbok, and Sumatra. While in Aceh, he was invited to give a talk to […]
As part of his sabbatical, Professor Thompson visited Singapore to meet with planners and do research for his Urban Waterfronts course. Singapore has been a world leader in waterfront reuse and redevelopment.
Using boundary objects to stimulate transformational thinking: storm resilience for the Port of Providence, Rhode Island (USA) Online at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-016-0416-y?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst Like many coastal ports around the world, Rhode Island’s Port of Providence in USA is at risk for climate-related natural hazards, such as catastrophic storm surges and significant sea level rise (0.5–2.0 m), over the next century. […]
Sara Benson, Nelle D’Aversa, and Katie Denman (M.A.M.A 2017) presented their thesis research at the Restore America’s Estuaries – The Coastal Society (RAE-TCS) Our Coasts, Our Future, Our Choice National Summit 2016 in New Orleans on Monday, December 12th, 2016 during the poster session. Benson presented her thesis research titled “Investigating Rhode Island Town Beach […]
Dr. Tiffany Smythe, Visiting Professor in Marine Affairs and MAF PhD (2011), recently published an article on the New England regional ocean planning network in Ocean and Coastal Management Journal. The article reports the results of a social network analysis performed on this group of practitioners and stakeholders, and is timely given that the Northeast […]
The Coastal Society, University of Rhode Island chapter, hosted Coastal Career Day on Friday, November 18th, 2016. The goal of Coastal Career Day was to help graduating students think broadly about possible career paths in areas such as marine science, coastal management, policy and planning, and other coastal related fields. Coastal Career Day provided undergraduate […]
Marine Affairs Instructor Andrew Norris recently co-authored an article in the Polar Record journal that examines the extent and nature of ice recession in the Arctic, and its likely effect on the accessibility of central Arctic ocean fisheries to commercial exploitation. Check out the full article here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/polar-record/firstview.