ECSU IEEE-GRSS Distinguished Lecture Series

Dr. Phillip Dustan Dr. Phillip Dustan is a Professor of Biology at the University of Charleston, SC. He is a coral reef ecologist specializing in the ecology, photophysiology, and vitality of corals and coral reef communities. Much of his work has centered on detecting change in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys. He has worked in the Florida Keys, Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean Sea, Sinai Peninsula, and the Seychelles Islands. His field experience includes over 1000 scientific dives, submersible experiences, and thousands of miles at sea on scientific research cruises to most of the oceans of the world. Other experiences include filming the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau Mysteries of the Hidden Reef with Captain Jacques Cousteau in 1974-5, principal scientist onboard Calypso during the Cousteau Society Amazon Expedition, 1982-83, investigating the synthetic coral reef in the ecologically closed Biosphere2 experiment, and mapping the distribution of marine mammal habitats in the California Current from space using the Coastal Zone Color Scanner. He was a principal investigator on the USPEA Florida Keys Coral Reef/Hardbottom Monitoring Project responsible for developing sampling design, software, and digital video image analysis for the project. He served as the Science Advisor for The Cousteau Society from 1998-2003, and is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

Coral Reef Ecology in the lab of Dr. Phillip Dustan, Department of Biology, University of Charleston


Dr. Julie WilliamsDr. Julie Williams is the Associate Vice President for Research and Outreach Scholarship where she holds a joint appointment reporting to both the Vice President for Research & Public Service and to the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. She is responsible for providing University-wide leadership for the institutions outreach scholarship and engagement missions and for implementing this goal of the UNH Academic Strategic Plan. Dr. Williams was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee, was a predoctoral fellow at Yale University and completed her undergraduate education at the College of William and Mary. She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UNH department of Psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Prior to joining UNH, she held faculty and administrative positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, the University of Tennessee and Knoxville College.

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Dr. Robert Y. GeorgeSince his retirement from academia in 2003, Dr. Robert George’s conservation focus has been on deep-sea coral reefs and seamounts. Dr. George was unanimously elected as “Professor Emeritus” at the 2004 annual meeting of ASB in Memphis, Tennessee and currently serves on the editorial board of Southeastern Naturalist. He will serve as the chairman of the Conservation committee of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) from 2005-2008. Dr. George is currently serving on the Deep-Sea Coral working group of the International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES). He also serves on the board of governors of the Fulbright Academy of Sciences. Dr. George is currently an Honorary Professor at Kristineberg Marine Research Station in Sweden. His time is devoted to educating the public, students (K-12 and Universities) and policy makers on matters of marine conservation issues.
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Mr. James HarringtonMr. James Harrington, Jr. is Manager of the Minority University Space Interdisciplinary Network (MU-SPIN). MU-SPIN is a NASA outreach program targeting increased participation of representatives from minority educational insitutions in NASA missions. The program constitutes a major networking and education initiative for minority institutions, and other universities with large minority student enrollments. Connecting these institutions with the NASA Science Network, and promoting the activities such connections provide serve as primary goal of the program.