World-renowned conservationist and environmentalist Orrin Pilkey will
present a seminar at Coastal Carolina University on "Rising Seas and
Shifting Sands: Policy, Politics, Science and Management Mixing at the
Shore." The lecture is scheduled for Monday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the
Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, room 100, in the
Atlantic Center. Although Pilkey will be speaking to CCU marine science
students, the event is open to the public.
Pilkey, a prominent and outspoken geologist in the national discussion
on coastal erosion science and policy, is a James B. Duke Professor of
Geology and director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
(PSDS) within the Division of Earth and Ocean Science at Duke University.
PSDS research focuses on beach renourishment and other forms of
shoreline stabilization, evaluation of the validity of mathematical models
of beach behavior, hazard risk mapping on barrier islands, sedimentary
processes on shorefaces, and mitigation of hurricane property damage.
Pilkey earned a bachelor's degree in geology at Washington State
College, a master's degree in geology at the University of Montana and a
Ph.D. In geology at Florida State University. From 1962 to 1965 he was an
assistant research professor with the University of Georgia Marine Institute
on Sapelo Island in Georgia. Since 1965 he has been at Duke University. His
research career started with the study of shoreline/continental shelf
sedimentation, progressing to the deep sea with emphasis on abyssal plain
sediments and back to nearshore with emphasis on coastal management. He has
published more than 150 technical publications.
In 1987 he was awarded the Francis Shepard medal for excellence in marine geology, and in 1991 he was the N.C. Wildlife Federation Conservation
educator of the year. In 1992 he became an honorary member of the Society
for the Study of Sediments (SEPM) and was awarded the George V. Cohee Public
Service Award by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. In 1993
he was awarded (jointly with William Neal) the American Geological Institute
award for outstanding public communication.
Pilkey is a past president of the North Carolina Academy of Science. He
is co-editor of the ongoing 20-volume "Living With the Shore" series
published by Duke Press. He has also been featured in New York Times
Magazine, Esquire, Oceans Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, the Chronicle of
Higher Education and National Geographic Magazine.