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Featured News...

DRRM Website has been updated!

August 1, 2023 The Disaster Resilience and Risk Management (DRRM) website has moved over to be a part of the Center for Coastal Studies website! Special thanks to our DRRM Scholar Zahra Nourali for her excellent work on this. Check it out!


Article features DRRM Scholar Duygu Pamukcu

August 15, 2022 Resiliency, equity, and vulnerability guide Duygu Pamukcu’s disaster management research

Center Welcomes Coastal Faculty

August 15, 2022 The Center for Coastal Studies is fortunate to welcome several new Coastal Faculty this year:

  • Wendy Stout - Coastal Resiliency Extension Specialist and the Center Manager of the Virginia Tech Coastal Collaborator.
  • Mike Willis - Associate Professor of Geosciences 
  • Jessica Rich - Coastal Research Assistant Professor 
  • David Muñoz - Assistant Professor of Civil Environmental Engineering 

FY23 Seed Grant Recipients Announced!

June 15, 2022 The Center for Coastal Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of the FY22 Seed grants:

  • COVID-19 & Climate Change: Mapping the effects of compounding Crisis in the Coastal Zone
  • Development and Evaluation of a Shorebird Protection Program involving Latinx Youth
  • Marine debris accumulation in coastal areas
  • Community climate tipping points: developing a conceptual model for urban and rural communities in Virginia
  • Supporting Coastal Management Decisions: A Collaborative Geospatial Shoreline Inventory Approach

FY23 Seed Grant Request for Proposals

March 16, 2022 The Center for Coastal Studies invites seed grant proposals from members of the Virginia Tech community to increase our institutional capacity in coastal-zone research, extension and engagement, and education. The goal of the seed grants is to form and foster interdisciplinary groups to address research, extension and engagement, and educational needs to better understand and find innovative solutions for complex contemporary and emerging environmental, societal, security, political, and economic issues in the coastal zone. Full story here

Virginia Tech Coastal Collaborator opens new space to create opportunity to tackle emerging coastal challenges

February 4, 2022 The Virginia Tech Coastal Collaborator was developed by the Center for Coastal Studies of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute in partnership with the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Its mission is to apply Virginia Tech human capital, innovation, and research capacity to emerging issues and opportunities in Virginia's coastal zone, including Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore, Northern Neck, and Middle Peninsula. Full story here

Center for Coastal Studies Director featured in Changing Ocean Asia epidode

January 31, 2022 Changing Ocean Asia is a monumental project spanning years of work featuring scientists from around the world led by the Earth Observatory of Singapore. This 4-part series, written and directed by Liz Courtney and narrated by Dr Sylvia Earle, looks at the impacts of our changing ocean including, extreme weather, powerful tsunamis, sea level rise, sinking cities and super corals. At least 4 billion people rely on the OCEAN for their livelihood.
Robert Weiss will be featured in episode 3.
Changing Ocean Asia will be available to stream from the 31st January on Curiosity Stream application or any one of their partner platforms including Amazon Prime, Apple TV and StarHub 422 in Singapore. 

Hiring Coastal Resilience Assoc. Extension Specialist

Nov 11, 2021 The Virginia Seafood AREC invites applications for Associate Extension Specialist working in the area of Coastal Resilience. The successful candidate will work with Virginia SeaGrant, the Center for Coastal Studies, GoVirginia and other program member institutions, extension partners, and the private sector to encouraging collaboration to advance innovations in designs, products, technologies, and services to adapt coastal communities to the adverse effects of climate change. Full story here

Galappaththi contributes to IPCC Assessment Report

October 29, 2021  Center for Coastal Studies affiliate and geography assistant professor Eranga Gallappaththi has a new publication in highly-ranked journal Nature Climate Change. This work comes from his role as a contributing author on two chapters of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report. Full story here

Hiring Postdoctoral Scholar

October 13, 2021 The  Center for Coastal Studies invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar in coastal hazards working under the advisement of Drs. Robert Weiss (Geosciences) and Jennifer Irish (Civil & Environmental Engineering). Full story here