Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering (WICGE)
Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering (WICGE) is a global network of women working in coastal geoscience and engineering across academia, industry and government. Our aim is to inspire, support, and celebrate women at all stages of their careers through networking, mentoring, and identifying opportunities to grow. To find out more, please visit our website: http://womenincoastal.org/ where you can view our committee, members, and join the network. You can also follow us on Twitter @WomeninCoast (https://twitter.com/WomeninCoast).
At the International Coastal Symposium (ICS) held in Sydney (Australia) in March 2016, a survey was conducted by WICGE network members at the Universities of Wollongong, Macquarie, and Sydney. Initial findings indicate that this survey is an instructive endeavor and we have expanded the short survey into a digital format. We would greatly appreciate your participation in this survey, which will not take long and will help us to continue our research
with the following aims:
· Gain a profile of the perspectives of people working in coastal geoscience and engineering on their experiences and views regarding gender inequality in the field coastal geoscience and engineering.
· Gather information (through open ended questions) on experiences or observations of gender inequality within coastal geosciences and engineering, suggestions for practical steps to address perceived or real gender inequality in the field of coastal geosciences and engineering.
· Acquire primary qualitative research data to be included in published material that will promote the WICGE network. Current target outlets include The Conversation and the WICGE website.
The survey, which takes less than 5 minutes to complete, can be accessed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FLQHV5Q
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Gulf of California Coastal Ecology:
Insights from the Present and Patterns from the Past
by Markes E. Johnson and Jorge Ledesma-Vázquez
Co-authored by geologist Jorge Ledesma-Vázquez, this handbook on ecology and paleoecology is infused with insights on the origins and development of Mexico's Sea of Cortés during a span of more than 12 million years. It makes the connection between a beautiful shell washed onto a beach with the discovery of the same or a similar fossil shell from a nearby limestone cliff. The concept of natural history appears less often in increasingly specialized literature, nowadays, failing to draw a connection between the present and the distant past. This book makes the connection and brings the past alive. It deals with multiple and interlocking ecosystems and their fossil counterparts, providing a holistic overview on geography, ecology, and geology. Students, scholars, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds will find this guide an indispensable resource for exploration of virtually any stretch of coastline on the Gulf of California.
Markes E. Johnson is the Charles L. MacMillan Professor of Natural Science, Emeritus, at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he taught courses in historical geology, paleontology, and stratigraphy in the Geosciences Department over a 35-year career. Professor Johnson also currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Coastal Research (JCR). His undergraduate education in geology concluded with a BA degree (1971) from the University of Iowa and his advanced training in paleoecology culminated with a Ph.D. degree (1977) through the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. With 25 years of field experience in Baja California, Johnson has been a semi-annual visitor to the frontier states of Mexico where he habitually led field courses and supervised thesis projects for students from Williams College. He is an authority on the geology of ancient shorelines and the evolution of inter-tidal life through geologic time based on studies conducted around the world from Western Australia to China's Inner Mongolia to the fringe of Arctic lands across Siberia, Norway, and Canada, as well as comparatively young island groups such as the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and the Cape Verdes in the North Atlantic. Whether on explorations near or far away, this traveler has always been drawn back to the wild islands in the western Gulf of California and their associated peninsular shores. The author lives with his spouse, Gudveig Baarli, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where they maintain an active and mutually supportive schedule of ongoing research and writing projects.
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In Memory of JCR Editorial Board Member
Professor Paolo Antonio Pirazzoli
Paolo Pirazzoli was an associate editor of the Journal of Coastal Research since 1985, when the inaugural issue was published. He was a long-time friend who will be very much missed. The following are a sampling of comments about the man and his professional accomplishments. Above are some recent photos, arranged in a collage, of Paolo during his last fieldworks and research activities. He was active until the end, a wish probably held by most of us.
Paolo Antonio Pirazzoli was born in Venice (Italy) in 1939 and became a naturalized French citizen in 1979. Paolo had educational and professional backgrounds in civil engineering, coastal geomorphology, and physical geography. Perhaps most notably, he was the international leader of International Geological Correlation Programme (IGCP) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization–International Union of Geological Sciences Project 200 ''Sea-Level Correlation and Applications'' (from 1983 to 1987), which included more than 600 participants from 67 countries. Paolo also actively participated in several subsequent IGCP international research projects related to sea-level changes in the Quaternary.
Paolo was a partner in several European Commission (EC) research projects, including: ''Investigation of Past and Future European Sea-Level Changes and their Impacts'' (1987–90); ''Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise and Associated Impacts in Europe'' (1991–93); and ''Relative Sea-Level Changes and Extreme Flooding Events around
European Coasts'' (1993–95). He also took part in the EC project ''Storminess and Environmentally Sensitive Atlantic Coastal Areas of the European Union'' (1997–2000), in the inter-regional (U.K.-France) project ''Beaches at Risk'' (2003–05), and in several scientific cooperation programs between France and Greece (1990–91), France and Italy (1996–97 and 1999–2000), and France and Hong Kong (2001–03). In the late 1990s, Paolo participated in a working group of the City of Venice for an assessment of safeguard activities against flooding in the lagoon. More recently, he was an active partner in the French project related to near-future sea-level extremes ''Discobole'' (2004–07; http://discobole.cetmef.equipement.gouv.fr/discobole).
Paolo's field experience includes geomorphological surveys in several countries around the Mediterranean area, the Pacific region (Japan, Taiwan, French Polynesia), Africa (Senegal, Mauritania, Kenya), and the Indian Ocean (Seychelles, Indonesia, Iran, French ''Iles Eparses''). He published several books and more than 250 professional papers in scientific journals. In addition to being an associate editor of the Journal of Coastal Research (published by the Coastal Education and Research Foundation), he served as the editor of Global and Planetary Change (Elsevier) since its foundation in 1989.
Beyond being an excellent scientist and accomplished researcher, Paolo was a wonderful colleague, teacher, and mentor. He loved his professional research activities and was active until the very last moment. His most recent (last) paper was published in September of 2017. He served science with pride, honesty, and dignity, as was his
whole attitude towards life. A few years ago, in the beginning of winter, for 10 continuous days, he went swimming and diving along the rocky coasts of the Euboean Gulf from sunset to sundown. He was there, always first, with a smile and a willingness to pass on his knowledge and experience. When he went back home, he had open-heart surgery. A few months later he was fearless, proud, tireless, in the central Aegean, swimming and diving in the middle of nowhere in the name of research!
Nothing could stop Paolo from accomplishing what he wanted, as he was truly dedicated to science. Paolo was a great teacher and a unique mentor to all those who came in contact with him. Paolo is now gone, but he will always be here in our hearts! Because of his high morals and inviting character, his amicable personality helped to shape the persona of many of his colleagues in a positive way. This remarkable attribute of Paolo's personality was reflected in his down to earth approach to life and work, so much so that all those who came in contact with this remarkable man appreciated his humility. In a word, Paolo was a beacon that showed the life, the way, and honor for many of us.
Niki Evelpidou (Greece)
Charles W. Finkl (U.S.A.)