IRIS News

  • 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

    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

    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. 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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  • Precision conservation saves time, money–and species

    Precision conservation saves time, money–and species

    A tiny, rainbow-finned fish lives in the swiftly flowing waters of Georgia’s Etowah River. Known as the Etowah darter (Etheostoma etowahae), it exists only in the Etowah River Basin, mainly inhabiting the mountain streams of North Georgia. The Etowah darter is only one example of the diverse array of freshwater fish, amphibians, crawfish and mussels […]

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  • Stream Crossings in Georgia: A Handbook for Connectivity and Resilience

    Stream Crossings in Georgia: A Handbook for Connectivity and Resilience

    As you drive the winding roads of Georgia, it’s a common occurrence to sail over a culvert or bridge and get a brief glimpse of a stream burbling away into the overgrowth before you’re whisked on to new views. These intersections of infrastructure and nature are so commonplace that we hardly think about them. However, […]

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  • Rethinking Riverine Flooding: Q&A with Matt Chambers

    Rethinking Riverine Flooding: Q&A with Matt Chambers

    Matt Chambers is a PhD student working under IRIS Director Dr. Brian Bledsoe. His work modeling the impacts of levee setbacks on upstream and downstream communities highlights how natural infrastructure solutions can increase community resilience.  In the past, engineers attempted to prevent rivers from flooding by placing tall walls on either side of them, called […]

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  • Working with Tybee Island communities to build resilience: new interview with IRIS researcher Jill Gambill

    Working with Tybee Island communities to build resilience: new interview with IRIS researcher Jill Gambill

    IRIS research on Tybee Island was recently featured in Yale Climate Connections. Jill Gambill, of the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, is working closely with communities on Tybee Island to develop solutions that come from the ground up. “In doing planning, local knowledge and local experiences are so critical,” Gambill said […]

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  • Don’t Look Up! IRIS Outreach and Climate Director Marshall Shepherd Consulted for Hit Movie

    Don’t Look Up! IRIS Outreach and Climate Director Marshall Shepherd Consulted for Hit Movie

    While many viewers tuned into “Don’t Look Up!” for an entertaining evening of watching a disaster flick, the movie had a secret agenda: unpacking the challenges and dangers that climate change poses. IRIS Outreach and Climate Director, Marshall Shepherd, was one of a team of scientists consulted after the making of the film about the […]

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  • IRIS Affiliate Andressa Mansur Publishes On Integrating Multiple Values into Urban Management

    IRIS Affiliate Andressa Mansur Publishes On Integrating Multiple Values into Urban Management

    Dr. Andressa Mansur (Post-doctoral researcher at University of Georgia) recently published a new paper titled, “Nature futures for the urban century: Integrating multiple values into urban management,” in the journal Environmental Science and Policy. The research delves into the need to balance preserving natural systems with rapid urbanization, and creates a framework for planning that […]

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  • IRIS Affiliate Jeb Byers Elected to Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

    IRIS Affiliate Jeb Byers Elected to Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

    James E. (Jeb) Byers, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Ecology, was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor given to individuals who have made significant contributions to their field. Byers received this award for his, “distinguished contributions to the field of ecology, particularly in invasion […]

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  • New Report Released: Stream Restoration as a Best Management Practice

    New Report Released: Stream Restoration as a Best Management Practice

    Stream restoration provides benefits to communities and ecosystems in the form of reduced erosion, increased uptake of pollutants, bolstered biodiversity, and recreation opportunities. In a new report, IRIS researchers and collaborators provided guidance for best management practices in stream restoration, including stream stabilization, installation of riparian buffers, in-stream enhancement and flood-plain reconnection. This updated report […]

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