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Press Release for Friday, October 18, 2013

Hurricane-Resistant Construction and Shoreline Erosion Specialist Speaks at UNF

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

Spencer Roger, an extension specialist in hurricane-resistant construction and shoreline erosion, will discuss "Living on the Beach, Rational Development or Serious Folly" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Room 1027. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Rogers joined North Carolina Sea Grant in 1978 as a coastal engineering extension specialist in hurricane-resistant construction techniques, shoreline erosion, coastal management and marine construction. His faculty affiliations are with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and North Carolina State University's Department of Civil Engineering. He was previously employed by Florida's Bureau of Beaches and Shores.


His location in North Carolina has provided many opportunities to assess hurricane damage. Rogers has played an important advisory role in the development of rules relating to shoreline construction. His experience has led to invitations to participate in FEMA's Hurricane Katrina Mitigation Assessment Team, damage assessments for the American Society Coastal Engineers following hurricanes Katrina and Ike, as well as damage assessment projects for the Corps of Engineers following Sandy.


This event is sponsored by The Brotman Family Coastal Biology Lecture Series and the UNF Coastal Biology Flagship Program. For more information, contact Michelle Davis, UNF Coastal Biology Program, at (904) 620-2830 or at


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.