IRIS News

  • Exploring the Benefits of Natural Infrastructure: NASEM Workshop Recap

    On May 10th and 11th, experts in the field of natural infrastructure and resiliency from around the country gathered to explore the benefits, applications and opportunities of natural infrastructure as part of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) workshop.

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  • On the Impacts of Aging Water Infrastructure and Land Use Changes: Interview with Krista Capps

    A woman wearing a blue and orange puffy vest with a black shirt smiles as she looks at a small glass box containing an aquatic specimen. Three students gather around to look closely at it. In the background, sunlight filters through green tree canopy.

    IRIS Affiliate Dr. Krista Capps was recently featured in UGA Today

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  • IRIS Retreat Photos

    On April 11th and 12th, many of our IRIS affiliates joined us at the Lodge at Amicalola Falls for two days of discussion about all things resilient infrastructure systems, including how we can best serve our communities through foundational research, groundbreaking policy, and inspiring outreach.

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  • Redefining Waters of the US: a Case Study from the Edge of the Okefenokee Swamp

    An image of a map of the Okefenokee swamp, with numbers showing the sizes of different parts of the body of water.

    IRIS affiliate Dr. Rhett Jackson, John Porter Stevens Distinguished Professor of Water Resources in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and colleagues, recently published a case study highlighting the impacts of the 2020 ruling to replace the Clean Water Rule with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule on the Okefenokee Swamp, a Georgia swamp […]

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  • Faces of Resiliency

    In a recent feature, the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant highlighted the ways in which communities are bolstering their resiliency to severe weather events. This series featured the work of several IRIS affiliates, including Brian Bledsoe, UGA Athletic Association Professor & Director, UGA College of Engineering, Jessica Brown, Stormwater Specialist, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia […]

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  • On Stream Warming and Food Chains: IRIS Undergraduates present at UGA CURO Symposium

    Olivia Allen and Ally Whiteis, undergraduate students in the Odum School of Ecology (and working with doctoral students Nathan Tomczyk and Carolyn Cummins) presented their research results at the UGA CURO symposium on April 4th. Both students found that stream organisms and food resources changed due to streamwater warming.  Their experiments ranged from field measurements […]

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  • Learning from past projects: paper published on a new monitoring approach for improving natural infrastructure

    As part of the Network for Engineering With Nature, and in collaboration with a team of researchers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering With Nature Initiative, IRIS affiliates Dr. Charles Van Rees, Laura Naslund, Dr. Brock Woodson, Dr. Amy Rosemond and Dr. Seth Wenger published a new paper “A strategic monitoring approach for […]

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  • IRIS Affiliates and Team win Research Awards

    This past week, the University of Georgia’s Office of Research announced the winners of the 43rd annual Research Awards. Sponsored by the University of Georgia Research Foundation, the awards recognize UGA faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students for excellence and innovation in research, scholarly creativity, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. IRIS had several faculty members recognized, […]

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  • Register now: NASEM Workshop on the Benefits, Applications, and Opportunities of Natural Infrastructure

    A workshop on May 10-11, 2022 will explore the benefits, applications, and opportunities of natural infrastructure and its efficacy in areas such as natural hazard resilience, climate change adaptation, and sustainable, multi-purpose infrastructure. The event will be a public, hybrid (in-person and virtual) workshop to assist the committee to explore opportunities to link the benefits of […]

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  • Towards principles and policy levers for advancing living shorelines: new article published in Journal of Environmental Management

    Living shorelines provide an attractive alternative to traditional shoreline armoring, such as bulkheads and seawalls. They stabilize shorelines, reduce erosion, and decrease wave energy, as well as providing recreation opportunities for nearby communities. Before they can be adopted across the landscape, however, there are several policy barriers that must be adapted. IRIS affiliates Shana Jones […]

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  • Research Update: Gauging Carbon Levels in Salt Marshes

    Salt marshes store roughly 25% of the world’s carbon, despite only making up about 5% of the world’s surface. Beyond that, they are an important form of natural infrastructure, mitigating the impacts from storms and reducing flooding in nearby towns and cities. However, salt marshes face serious challenges due to development and sea level rise. […]

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  • Dr. Marshall Shepherd wins 2022 Faculty Achievement Award for University of Georgia

    Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor, recently won the 2022 Faculty Achievement Award for the University of Georgia. As the SEC puts it, “A leading international weather-climate expert, Dr. Shepherd is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the only […]

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