GERS/SWS 2016 Plenary Speakers
Beth Middleton is a research ecologist with the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey in Lafayette, Louisiana. Her research focuses on how climate change may alter wetlands across large geographical areas. Her most recent studies are on hydrologic remediation and vegetation response, and she applies those findings to natural resource conservation. Her work has contributed to the understanding of world wetland restoration and global climate change and her book "Wetland restoration, flood pulsing and disturbance dynamics" received the Merit Award of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Her dissertation was on monsoonal wetlands in India (Ph.D. Iowa State University), and was the origin of her later research on the implications of shifts in drought cycles on wetland biodiversity.
She serves as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, and gave a TedX talk called “Conservation Oblivion”. She was awarded a US-China Ecopartnership Award for her work with Beijing Forestry University on Dongting Lake. She is a fellow of the Society of Wetland Scientists. She is a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Louisiana. Before moving to USGS, she was a full professor at Southern Illinois University. She has done research on all continents except Antarctica, and is a senior visiting professor with the Chinese Academy of Science working on wetlands dynamics in China. She is a gardener.
The title of her presentation:
Conservation triage for climate change and land-use impacts in wetlands
John W. Day, Jr. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, School of the Coast & Environment at Louisiana State University, where he has taught since 1971. He received his PhD in marine sciences and environmental sciences from the University of North Carolina in 1971 working with the noted ecologist Dr. H.T. Odum. His principal research focus has been the ecology and management of coastal and wetland ecosystems, with emphasis on the Mississippi delta, coastal ecosystems in Mexico and wetlands in the Mediterranean. He has been a visiting professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences of the National University of Mexico, University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, Laboratoire d'Ecologie, Unversité Claude Bernard in Arles France, Department of Geography at Cambridge University and worked with the University of Campeche and the Institute of Ecology in Xalapa, Mexico.
He has served as major professor for 70 MS and PhD students. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles, written and edited 14 books, including the most recent Americas Most Sustainable Cities and Regions – Surviving the 21st Century Megatrends (2016). He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for study in France and the Estuarine Research Federation Cronin Award for excellence in teaching in coastal sciences. He served as chair of both the National Technical Review Committee reviewing the restoration program for the Mississippi delta and the Science and Engineering Special Team on restoration of the Mississippi delta. Dr. Day also served as a member of the hypoxia reassessment taskforce. He serves on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Future Earth Coasts program, an international coastal science effort. He is presently working on using wetlands as a means of removing nitrogen from the Mississippi River, delta restoration, and research on the impacts of 21st century megatrends on sustainability of natural and human systems.
The title of his presentation:
Sustainability of coastal ecosystems and the megatrends of the 21st century