IRIS News

  • Amy Rosemond gives plenary at the International Society of Limnology Centennial

    Amy Rosemond gives plenary at the International Society of Limnology Centennial

    Humility. It isn’t a word you often hear in connection with the fields of science or engineering, but IRIS researchers believe that it is of the utmost importance. In a recent plenary, IRIS Director of Inclusion and Equity, Dr. Amy Rosemond, touched on this theme at the International Society of Limnology (SIL) conference, held in […]

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  • A Conversation with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Daniel Blackman

    Join the Georgia Initiative for Climate and Society (Fall 2022 Seminar Series) on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 at 4:00pm in the Miller Learning Center, Room 102 at the University of Georgia for a talk given by Dr. Daniel Blackman, the EPA Region 4 Administrator. President Biden appointed Daniel Blackman to serve in this role on […]

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  • Graduate Assistantships

    Browse our current available assistantships: Ducks Unlimited Fellowship Program Ph.D. Student Assistantship in Compound Flood Numerical Modeling

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  • IRIS Director Brian Bledsoe Presented Keynote at National Hydraulic Engineering Conference

    IRIS Director Brian Bledsoe Presented Keynote at National Hydraulic Engineering Conference

    At the recent National Hydraulic Engineering Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, IRIS Director Brian Bledsoe presented the keynote address. His takeaways as some of the most pressing needs: -Our goal should be to view infrastructure systemically and understand its processes in time-When designing new infrastructure, we need to take an iterative, multi-hazard approach-We need to make […]

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  • Upcoming seminar: Modeling Coral Reef Restoration to Reduce Coastal Hazards from Scales of Kilometers to Centimeters

    Upcoming seminar: Modeling Coral Reef Restoration to Reduce Coastal Hazards from Scales of Kilometers to Centimeters

    Mark your calendars for an upcoming seminar with USGS scientist Dr. Curt Storlazzi on November 4th, 2022! Seminar title: Modeling Coral Reef Restoration to Reduce Coastal Hazards from Scales of Kilometers to Centimeters Talk abstract: Coral reefs are effective natural barriers that protect adjacent coastal communities from hazards such as erosion and storm-induced flooding. However, […]

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  • Rain gardens created to mitigate flooding  

    Rain gardens created to mitigate flooding  

    Georgia’s coastal communities are getting help from UGA’s Marine Extension  Brunswick, Ga. – The highest property in the Urbana-Perry Park neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, sits just 10 feet above sea level. Homeowners William and Bonnie Kitts have lived there for nine years.   “This is actually my wife’s father’s grandfather’s home that he grew up in,” William […]

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  • Freshwater reservoir emissions: research feature with Laura Naslund

    Freshwater reservoir emissions: research feature with Laura Naslund

    Photo and story by Olivia Allen In a recent feature on the River Basin Center website, writer Olivia Allen featured Laura Naslund’s work on freshwater reservoir emissions. By 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, Laura Naslund had already spent over an hour in a canoe on a little pond on the east side of Athens, […]

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  • We’re looking for a science communications intern!

    Join the IRIS team as we work toward more resilient communities and ecosystems through the use of natural infrastructure. We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated student worker with an interest in science communications to join the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS) team. IRIS is an interdisciplinary group of researchers from over 12 university units […]

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  • IRIS Researchers featured in Savannah Morning News as they work to ensure (and insure) a future for Georgia marshes

    IRIS Researchers featured in Savannah Morning News as they work to ensure (and insure) a future for Georgia marshes

    IRIS research conducted by Dr. Matt Bilskie and Dr. Yukiko Hashida was recently featured in the Savannah Morning News for their partnership with the Nature Conservancy. Their work is centered on insuring marshes for their environmental benefits. As Dr. Hashida is quoted as saying in the article, “The insurance industry, by definition, is long-term (planning) […]

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  • IRIS Researcher Matt Bilskie explains why the scale of a natural infrastructure scale matters

    We know that natural infrastructure features like marshes, dunes, and natural floodplains can help reduce flooding in communities, but what scale is required to have the biggest impact? Researcher Dr. Matt Bilskie discusses in our first video!

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  • The impacts of bioretention areas at the watershed scale: new paper published in the Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment

    The impacts of bioretention areas at the watershed scale: new paper published in the Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment

    High flows of stormwater can have dramatic impacts on urban and suburban areas, degrading stream health by causing erosion and impacting aquatic critters’ ability to live there. Increases in pavement and other impermeable surfaces also contribute to flash floods. Bioretention areas, which are related to the more commonly known “rain garden,” are patches of vegetated […]

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  • IRIS Researchers Team Up with The Nature Conservancy to protect Georgia’s coast

    IRIS Researchers Team Up with The Nature Conservancy to protect Georgia’s coast

    Story by Stacia Pelletier | Contact: Matt Bilskie New interdisciplinary pilot program explores funding salt marsh preservation and recovery How much is a salt marsh worth? That’s one of the questions the University of Georgia and The Nature Conservancy will try to answer as they launch a pilot study funded by Georgia Sea Grant to determine the socioeconomic value of salt marsh ecosystems in […]

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