Coastal Soundscapes and Oyster Reef Health

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Matthew Reidenbach with co-researchers Martin Volaric and Eli Stine The eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica is a key foundation species on the Virginia coast that forms the basis of complex reef communities. These oyster reefs are important for coastal ecosystem health, as they improve water quality by filtering the water column, as well as provide habitat [...]

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Wetlands Protection and the Politics of Growth

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Project: “(Don’t) Drain the Swamp: Resort Development, Wetlands Protection, and the Politics on Growth on the Delmarva Peninsula" In the early 1970s, planned vacation home subdivisions proliferated across the coastal and rural US.  Land developers in this booming industry were notorious for defrauding consumers and violating federal, state, and local environmental regulations. Scandals involving planned [...]

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The Power of the Arts in the Hurricane Zone

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Why do the arts matter after a hurricane? The digital exhibit “Coasts in Crisis” answers this question with art, music, poetry, and conversation from Greater Caribbean artists who experienced Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Based on an event held at the University of Virginia in 2019, “Coasts in Crisis” features creative resistance to global [...]

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