URI appoints Peter August to direct Coastal Institute
KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 16, 2000 -- The University of Rhode Island has
appointed Peter August, professor of natural resources at URI, to the new
position of director of the URI Coastal Institute.
In his new role, August will direct the Institute's multidisciplinary
efforts to address the critical science and public policy issues involving
coastal systems around the world.
"Peter's background in applied ecology and his vision of using technology
to help solve environmental problems in coastal regions makes him the ideal
candidate to lead the Coastal Institute," said URI Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs Beverly M. Swan. "I'm confident he will
enhance the University's influence on marine and environmental research."
The Coastal Institute is a consortium of coastal researchers and practitioners
from URI, state government, and those federal agencies and environmental
organizations associated with the University. It serves as a nexus for
scientific research and environmental problem solving for coastal ecosystems
and their watersheds.
"Rhode Island is an excellent microcosm of coastal environmental
problems experienced across the country," said August. "With
some of the world's best scientists and environmental managers located here,
the Coastal Institute can facilitate discussion, collaboration and cooperation
among these stewards of our terrestrial and near-shore environments."
August has degrees from the University of San Diego, Texas Tech University,
and Boston University, and he currently directs URI's Environmental Data
Center (EDC), which uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the analysis
of environmental data. The EDC has developed a comprehensive data library
of Rhode Island's natural resources. It is currently working to enhance
spatial data analysis capacity in the National Parks of the northeastern
U.S., and to develop land acquisition models for the conservation of natural
August recently served as a Councilor at Large for the U.S. Association
of Landscape Ecologists, and presently serves on the board of directors
of The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Natural History
Survey, and the South Kingstown Land Trust. He lives in Kingston.
The URI Coastal Institute is based in three separate facilities: a structure
on URI's Bay Campus completed in 1996; a building on URI's Kingston Campus
which will be completed later in 2000; and an aquaculture laboratory that
will be built on the Bay Campus.
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