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Candidates for Sea Level Rise Research Post Will Present Seminars

Old Dominion University's search for a senior faculty member who can help lead the university's 15-month old Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) has been narrowed to three finalists from outside the university. Each of the candidates will come to campus during the next two weeks to be interviewed and to present a seminar.

Thomas R. Allen, a former faculty member at ODU and currently associate professor of geography at East Carolina University, will present his seminar for the campus community at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Room 1310 of Perry Library. His specialties include geographic information systems, remote sensing and digital terrain modeling.

Diane P. Horn, a faculty member in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birbeck College, University of London, will present her seminar at 3 pm., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Room 1310 of Perry Library. Her research interests center on the modeling and management of coastal environments.

Asbury H. Sallenger Jr., an oceanographer with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in St. Petersburg, Fla., and former chief of the USGS National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards, will present his seminar at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in Room 1311 of Perry Library. His recent work has focused on extreme storm results, including damage caused on the East Coast by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

More about the candidates is at http://www.odu.edu/ao/affairs/finalcc.shtml.

The goal of the ODU CCSLRI is to foster research, education and outreach on the impact that climate change and sea level rise may have on metropolitan communities that are situated at or close to sea level. Applicants for this senior level position were required to have a successful record in research and grant writing, and to have demonstrated leadership and the ability to interact and communicate clearly with communities inside and outside the university.

Larry Atkinson, the ODU Slover Professor of Oceanography, has been director of CCSLRI since its inception.