UNH Experts Available to
Discuss Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Contact: Kim Billings
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 14, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. -- The long-term impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and
Rita in environmental, governmental, social and economic areas become
more apparent every day. Below is a list of faculty and staff experts
at the University of New Hampshire who can address these long-term
Cleaning Up Contaminated Areas
Kevin Gardner, director of the UNH Center for Contaminated Sediment
Gardner can discuss the clean-up of contaminated sediment.
Hurricane Intensity and Future Forecasts
David Brown, UNH assistant professor of geography and the New
Hampshire state climatologist
Brown can discuss why Hurricane Katrina was so intense and whether
there will be more hurricanes like it.
Oil Spills/Groundwater Contamination
Nancy Kinner, director of the Coastal Response Research Center,
UNH/NOAA joint, and professor of civil engineering.
Kinner can discuss oil spills, soil and groundwater contamination,
and bioremediation, a clean-up technology that uses naturally
occurring microorganisms to degrade hazardous substances into
less toxic or nontoxic compounds.
Rebuilding New Orleans
Kurk Dorsey, UNH associate professor of history
Dorsey can discuss the history of New Orleans from an environmental
standpoint as well as the decision to rebuild.
Shellfish and Oyster Industry
Richard Langan, director of the Cooperative Institute for Coastal
and Estuarine Environmental Technology and of the Open Ocean Aquaculture
Project, a partnership of UNH and NOAA
Langan can discuss aquaculture, including the shellfish/oyster
industry, and coastal pollution and degradation.
Robert Roseen, director of the UNH Stormwater Center
Roseen can discuss stormwater management, a major coastal water
John Burger, UNH professor of zoology
Burger is an entomologist who can comment on West Nile virus and
other mosquito-borne viruses.
Michael Robin Collins, UNH professor of civil engineering
Collins can address the effects of Katrina and Rita on water supplies
and wastewater management along the Gulf Coast.
Mel Dubnick, UNH professor of political science and director of
the Graduate Public Administration Program
Dubnick can address the effects of Katrina and Rita on municipal
services and discuss the federal administrative aspects of the
disaster in terms of FEMA response and accountability.
Public Leadership Lessons
Carole Barnett, UNH associate professor of decision sciences
Barnett can discuss what the disaster tell us about the exercise
of public leadership.
Regional Planning for Disasters
Brad Manning, director of the UNH Office of Environmental Health
and Safety and the University Emergency Group
Manning can discuss how regions plan for and mitigate the effects
of natural disasters.
Race and Poverty
J. William Harris, UNH professor of history
Harris can discuss what has been learned about race and poverty
along the Gulf Coast as a result of the hurricane.
Social and Health Consequences
Sharyn Potter, UNH associate professor of sociology
Potter can address the social and health consequences of people
who survived Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Economic Consequences of Hurricane Katrina
Jim Wible, UNH professor of economics
Wible can discuss the economic consequences of Hurricanes Katrina