Environmental

“We should definitely be planning for sea level rise in coastal communities, especially those on the Gulf Coast. . . . As a paleoclimatologist, I see sea level rise as the greatest threat to our society.”

Dr. Rebecca Minzoni, assistant professor of geological sciences (AL.com)

“They (certain birds) don’t participate in this behavior during the breeding season because their energy is geared towards producing and raising young birds. It probably happens in the winter because there is power in numbers in terms of avoiding predators. The crazy swirling effort by thousands at dusk is likely a way to confuse any nearby predators such as hawks and owls.”

Dr. Michael K. Steinberg, associate professor in New College, discussing flocks of swirling birds at dusk (AL.com)

“The goal is to aid and develop understanding to retain the Everglades in as pristine a state as possible. And that’s a continuing process.”

Dr. Greg Starr, associate professor of biological sciences, on research in the wetlands recently boosted by an NSF grant (Environmental Monitor)

“People didn’t have time to collect their gatherings, and they lost everything. Maybe in the near future we will be able to do a better job warning people about that.”

Dr. Sagy Cohen, UA assistant professor of geography, on the flooding in Louisiana (WIAT TV)