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The Visiting Scholar Seminar Series brings policy scholars and experts from around the country to interact with the VIMS and William & Mary communities. The series is cosponsored by Virginia Sea Grant, the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, and the VIMS School of Marine Science. VIMS students working towards a subconcentration in marine policy attend the seminar series and complete coursework relating to it.

Upcoming and Recent Seminars


Storm Destruction Less Random Than You May Think

Storm Destruction Less Random Than You May Think

When a storm hits, households don’t get hit equally. In fact, says Shannon Van Zandt, low-income households usually get hit the hardest.

Innovations like permeable pavement are part of the future of sustainable water policy, but incentivizing and spreading innovation is a major policy challenge. © Achim Hering

Visiting Scholar Discusses Diffusion and Adoption of Innovation

How do we get scientific innovations to the people who need them? Dr. Dale Manty of the EPA recently shared his thoughts on sustainability and innovation as a Visiting Scholar Seminar Speaker.

Dale Manty

Spring 2013: Sustainability and Water Research at the EPA

Over the course of more than 30 years of experience at the EPA, Dr. Dale Manty has contributed to the agency’s development of many important policies on land and water management. He headed the Superfund Hazardous Substance Research Centers Program for 12 years and currently works with EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Research program and coordinates the Office of Research and Development’s extramural green building and infrastructure research and development efforts. Manty holds a doctorate in Natural Resource Management from Ohio State University.

University of Deleware's wind turbine (Lewes, DE). ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Spring 2012: Coastal and Offshore Wind Energy

Two speakers joined us in Spring 2012 to discuss wind energy. Jeremy Firestone is a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and the Director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration, University of Delaware. Firestone has published, presented, and taught extensively on offshore wind power, ocean and coastal law, and international environmental policy.

Atlantic City already generates wind energy on land. ©Aneese/VASG

Winds of Change: An essay on pioneering offshore wind in NJ

Atlantic City already generates some wind energy on land, but a fishermen-led effort may bring a wind farm three miles off the coast, as well.

University of Deleware's wind turbine (Lewes, DE). ©Janet Krenn/VASG

University’s Wind Turbine Powers More than Buildings

University of Deleware’s wind turbine brings education and research opportunities, while powering Lewes campus and surrounding community.

Cooked blue crabs. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Fall 2011: Community Supported Fisheries and the Consumer Behavior of Sustainability

Presentations by CSF organizer Josh Stoll and College of WIlliam & Mary professor Michael Luchs.

Spring 2011: Realizing an Effectiveness Revolution in Environmental Management

Spring 2011: Realizing an Effectiveness Revolution in Environmental Management

EPA Social Scientist Matt Keene discussed ways to evaluate the impact of environmental programs. The environmental movement of the 20th century has evolved into a large, diverse and well-financed global community that is increasingly required to prove its worth. Though the environmental sector collects and uses data to determine the status of ecological and social systems, the effectiveness of the programs and policies it use

Fall 2010: Friends Don’t Let Friends Marry Climate Scientists

Fall 2010: Friends Don’t Let Friends Marry Climate Scientists

In his varied career, Joe Bouchard has served as the Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk and represented the 83rd District in Virginia Beach in the Virginia House of Delegates. He discussed the challenges of adaptation planning and policy development and the role of research in informing policy.

Spring 2010: Marine Spatial Planning–What is it? Why do it?

Spring 2010: Marine Spatial Planning–What is it? Why do it?

Is “marine spatial planning” just a new buzzword, or can it really help improve ocean health? Morgan Gopnik is an independent consultant with more than 20 years of experience advising government, industry, and NGOs in ocean and marine issues. In this visiting scholar seminar, Gopnik discusses the history, status, and potential of marine spatial planning.

Anne Khademian

Spring 2010: The Scientific, the Political, and the Local

Professor Anne M. Khademian is the Alexandria Program Director for the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. Anne’s expertise in organizational culture and leadership has been applied to a range of public policy settings, including homeland security, financial regulation, and climate governance. Her seminar focuses on collaborative leadership in governance networks.

Inundated areas in New Orleans following breaking of the levees surrounding the city as the result of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans, Louisiana. 2005 September 11.  © Lieut. Commander Mark Moran, NOAA Corps, NMAO/AOC.

Fall 2009: Adapting Cities to Floods

University of Virginia’s Dr. Kristina Hill presented on ways cities around the world are using landscape architecture to adapt to sea level rise. Dr. Hill is a landscape architect, who considers how communities near water systems adapt to climate change. Her recent work looks at connects between community design and flood-related damage and pollution. Her book Water, Ecology and the Design of Cities is due out this year. Dr. Hill is Associate Professor and Director of Landscape Architecture Program at University of Virginia.

Rainbow. ©Mary Hollinger/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC

Spring 2009: Climate of Opinion and The Hope for Regional Governance

Barry Rabe of the University of Michigan, Chris Borick of Muhlenberg College, and Virginia Sea Grant Director Troy Hartley presented a series of talks about public attitudes toward climate change and the prospects for regional governance solutions to address climate change.