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IRIS in Focus

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  • Three new post-doctoral positions available!

    Want to join the IRIS team? Check out these job postings: Postdoctoral Research Associate AD: Biodiversity within Nature-Based Solutions  Status: Posted Posting Number: G/R10504P  Posting Quick Link: http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/175566 Search Committee: Seth Winger (Chair), Brian Bledsoe, and Virginia Talati (Pending HR Approval *** For some reason there is something weird with your profile in UGAJobs, I sent a request for […]


  • We’re hiring!

    We’re seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the IRIS team, as part of the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. The candidate will work on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-funded project: the Engineering With Nature Initiative. Candidates should have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution in civil or environmental […]


  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and University of Georgia announce Network for Engineering With Nature partnership

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and University of Georgia announce Network for Engineering With Nature partnership

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and University of Georgia (UGA) recently announced a partnership that connects the interdisciplinary expertise of UGA’s Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS), with the vast on-the-ground experience of USACE’s Engineering With Nature® (EWN®) Initiative to form the Network for Engineering With Nature (N-EWN). Through this partnership and a […]


  • From Alaska to Baja: Cooperative Research Effort Documents Kelp Migration

    From Alaska to Baja: Cooperative Research Effort Documents Kelp Migration

    In a sweeping display of the power of community-based science to show the ocean-wide changes caused by warming waters, University of Georgia scientists teamed up with researchers from universities and organizations around the globe to demonstrate northward migration in kelp forests. Their latest paper was recently published in Global Change Biology. Participating partners spanned from […]


  • IRIS Affiliates Marshall Shepherd and Brian Bledsoe Speak to Planning for Storm Season

    IRIS Affiliates Marshall Shepherd and Brian Bledsoe Speak to Planning for Storm Season

    In a recent article published in UGA Today, IRIS affiliate Dr. Marshall Shepherd and Director Dr. Brian Bledsoe, spoke to the need for more resilient infrastructure in the face of massive rain events, rising sea levels, and urban sprawl. “You think about a rubber band—a rubber band has resiliency. It snaps back,” Shepherd was quoted […]


  • Low Flows in the Southeast

    Research indicates low flow trends in Southeastern streams and rivers Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS) researchers Tim Stephens and Dr. Brian Bledsoe, Director of IRIS and Professor of Engineering, discovered a trend toward lower stream flows in the Southeastern United States that could impact everything from stream ecosystems to human reliance on healthy waterways. 


  • Collaborative Piece Published in Anthropocene

    A collaboration between Dr. Shepherd Marshall, Dr. Don Nelson, and Dr. Brian Bledsoe, three IRIS researchers with wildly varying titles (respectively, climate scientist, anthropologist and ecological engineer) was recently published in the scientific journal, Anthropocene.  The paper, “From Hubris to Humility: Transcending Original Sin in Managing Hydroclimatic Risk,” characterizes the rapidly changing risks that humanity […]


  • IRIS Researchers redefine the 100-year flood

    The term “100-year flood,” which has long been used as a way for homeowners and city planners to visualize potential risk to property, is misleading—suggesting that only one flood in every 100 years will pose a risk to homes and public. Additionally, the maps that are used to define areas that might be impacted are […]


  • IRIS Selected for AT&T Community Resilience Challenge

    Strengthening Athens-Clarke County, Georgia’s Resilience to Future Flood Risks A team of researchers at the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS) was recently selected by AT&T to conduct research that will help make Athens-Clarke County more resilient to flooding through the company’s Climate Resiliency Community Challenge. 


  • Tybee Seeks Natural Infrastructure Solutions

    In a climate of concern about resilience to sea level rise and severe storms, the City of Tybee Island will forge ahead with a $125,000 grant from the National Coastal Resilience Fund. The grant will be used for planning and design of natural infrastructure that protects homeowners by reducing the effects of flooding on the […]