Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute &
Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography

Fall 2014 Seminar Series


Richard Miller
East Carolina University

Monday, November 17, 2014
3:30 PM
Conference Center, Innovation Resarch Building II
4211 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508


In coupled land-ocean environments, significant amounts of dissolved and particulate material can be mobilized across the landscape during major rain events and transported to a network of ground water, streams, rivers, and estuaries within the coastal aquatic system. Depending on the quantity and makeup, this increased flux of material may have a major, often negative, impact on the aquatic environment such as nutrient-increased productivity, changes in phytoplankton community structure, local hypoxia, and decreased light availability in the water column that affects submerged aquatic vegetation productivity. I will present an overview of our effort to examine material transport within the watersheds and coastal waters of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System, NC using an integrated approach using field measurements, remote sensing and numerical transport models. I will also discuss the context of this work in climate change research related to limited technologies available for investigating dynamic coastal systems.


Dr. Richard Miller is a Professor of Geological Sciences and Senior Research Scientist in the Institute of Coastal Science and Policy at East Carolina University. He received a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University, a M.S. in Marine Science and a Master's in Applied Statistics at Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He then held a National Research Council post-doctoral position with the USGS Water Resources Division before working 21 years for NASA as an Oceanographer, Office Chief, and Chief Scientist at the Stennis Space Center, MS. Dr. Miller's major research focus is centered on the role that rivers, estuaries and coastal margins play in global biogeochemical cycles. Current research activities are focused on the mobilization, transport, transformations and fate of terrestrially derived material in coastal waters and how these processes might change under different global climate change scenarios. Dr. Miller is also active in developing innovative field and remote sensing technologies that support coastal research.

Reception before seminar at 3:00 PM

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