Night of ideas: More land?

Monday, February 27, 2023 
6:00 pm 
Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans
1519 Jackson Ave. New Orleans

Coastal erosion and land loss plagues communities in Southern Louisiana; however, projects are in place to create more land for future generations.

This panel composed of scientists and representatives from communities living on the front lines of this climate disaster will aim to answer the simple question: More land?

About the panelists

Alex Kolker is an Associate Professor at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) and is a coastal geologist who has worked in systems around the world including the Mississippi River Delta, the Florida Everglades, the Northeastern United States, and North Africa. Dr. Kolker is interested in how coastal change impacts people who live along the coast and has served on numerous panels providing scientific input to decision makers and planners including the Science Advisory Group for Louisiana's Governor's Climate Initiative Task Force.

Mike Biros is a landscape architect who has over 10 years of experience working across coastal Louisiana on projects including adaptation planning, stormwater management and natural resource damage assessments. He holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Dickinson College.  

Krista Jankowski, Ph.D., PG is a licensed professional geoscientist with expertise in environmental change and impacts to coastal and deltaic systems, particularly in coastal Louisiana. She has 10+ years’ experience with data-driven decision-making, resilience planning, and community engagement efforts and currently manages the development of the 2023 Coastal Master Plan. In this role she applies her technical expertise to the multi-million dollar predictive modeling and project planning effort while working to connect community members to accurate and accessible scientific information to increase understanding and support informed decision-making.

Christine Verdin is a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe, one of many coastal Louisiana indigenous tribes on the front lines of Louisiana’s land loss. She sits on the council and several other tribal committees. She is a retired educator, but currently works part time at Montegut Elementary School. This past summer, after a lot of hard work, the Louisiana state legislature allocated funds to help the Point-au-Chien tribe open a French Immersion school in Pointe-au-Chien, where Christine plans to be the administrator upon the school’s opening in August 2023.

About the organizations

Pointe-Aux-Chien Indian Tribe

Alliance Française
de La Nouvelle-Orléans

1519 Jackson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

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