The purpose of the Bald Head Island Conservancy's Lecture Series is to inform residents, guests and the general public about research being conducted on the island. Additionally, the Lecture Series offers the opportunity for BHI stakeholders to provide researchers with input that will help direct their studies. Finally, the Lecture Series can be used as a recruiting tool to bring potential researchers to the island and begin discussions about their future involvement.
Spring 2013 speakers:
A wine and cheese social is held from 3:30-4:00 PM, followed by the lecture.
'Save the Cape' - Saturday, March 9
'Deer effects on the BHI martime forest' - Saturday, April 20
'NC marine mammal stranding network' - Saturday, April 27
Past speakers and their topics:
Bill Cleary (UNCW) - 'historic and dredging induced shoreline changes on BHI'
John Taggart (UNCW) and Zac Long (UNCW) - 'are white-tailed deer affecting the BHI maritime forest?'
Bill Smith (WFU) - 'Coastal Barrier Island Network (CBIN): BHI potential role and benefits'
Anthony Snider (UNCW), Chris Deperno (NCSU) and Brandon Sherrill (NCSU) - 'deer population and management on BHI'
Leigh Anne Harden (UNCW) - 'seasonal changes in diamondback terrapin habitat use and activity in SE NC'
Jim Cornette (Applied Resources Management) - 'water quality and quantity on BHI'
Tom Hancock (BHI Conservancy) - 'past, present and future studies on BHI: research implications for effective managment of barrier islands'
Paul Hosier (UNCW) - 'barrier island botany and the stabilizing effects of plants'
Thad Wester (BHI Generator Society) - 'then and now: the coevolution of the BHI and its Conservancy'
Sonke Johnsen (Duke) - 'now you see it, now you don't: saving sea turtles by studying what they can and can't see'
Stan Riggs (ECU) - 'restless ribbons of sand: a vision for the future of NC's barrier islands based upon coastal dynamics and history'
Donald Young (VCU) - 'barrier island shrub thickets: lessons in insland stability past, present and future'
John Taggart (UNCW) - 'going native: benefit of natural vegetation and the problem of exotic species'
Chris May (Cape Fear Council of Governments) - 'coordinated regional response to extreme environmental events including hurricanes, oil spills and terrorist attacks'
Juan Lopez-Bautista (UA) - 'the algal tree of life: biodiversity on our changing planet'
Miles Silman (WFU) - 'biodiversity and climate change past, present, and future: a case study from the Andes and Amazon'
Brooks Avery (UNCW) - 'coffee, collaboration and climate change: marine chemistry at UNCW'
Jeff Gerlock (Blue Ridge Geological Services) - 'facilitating the success of land trust organizations: providing essential environmental services leading to national accreditation'
Mac Montgomery (Sierra Club) and Zac Keith (Oceana) - 'offshore wind power in North Carolina'
Richard Harris (Rainwater Harvesting) - 'rainwater harvesting and sustainable practices on Bald Head Island'
Don Young (VCU) - 'vegetation and barrier island dynamics'
Paul Gayes (Coastal Carolina) - 'the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University: opportunities for collaboration in conservation, education and research'