Masthead Friends of Good Harbor

Fall Forum 2014: Keynote Speakers

Dr. David Burdick

Dr. David Burdick is Research Associate Professor of Coastal Ecology and Restoration in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught wetlands courses over the past sixteen years.Speaker David Burdick  His study of coastal science spans 35 years, concentrating on coastal ecosystems, assessing human impacts, and planning, implementing and assessing habitat restoration at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, where he serves as Interim Director.  In 2012 he won the Susan Snow-Cotter Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council for the Marine Environment for his efforts to restore vitally important habitats and reconnect people to benefit from them. He recently published a book with Charles Roman to translate and extend lessons learned from tidal restoration of salt marshes in the Northeast US and Canada.  Outreach products include Dock Design with the Environment in Mind (to protect eelgrass), Eelgrass Site Selection Model, and two habitat restoration atlases for coastal New Hampshire.  Recent projects include: shoreline rehabilitation at sites in NH and Maine, a coastal resilience initiative to plan for sea level rise in Portsmouth NH, and measuring responses of salt marshes to rising sea level, including blue carbon.

Dr. Paul Kirshen

Dr. Kirshen is a Civil Engineer with 30 years of experience serving as Principal Investigator of complex, interdisciplinary, participatory research related to water resources, coastal zone, and infrastructure management and climate variability and change.Speaker Paul Kirshen He is presently Research Professor, Environmental Research Group of Department of Civil Engineering, and Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. He is a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Chapter 26, North America) and the 2014 US National Climate Assessment (Coastal Zone Development and Ecosystems). He also serves on several state committees and commissions on climate change adaptation. His research on climate change impacts has been cited by the US Supreme Court and been presented in testimony to the US Senate Committee on Homeland and Governmental Affairs. He works at scales ranging from local to international. Presently is he carrying out vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans for many municipalities in the eastern US. He has over 50 published journal articles on these topics as well as many book chapters and reports. He received his ScB in Engineering from Brown University and his MS and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.