#StrongAfterSandy—The Science Supporting the Department of the Interior’s Response

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Welcome to the 2014 Briefing Series for Members of Congress and Staff

This year's theme is "Start with Science"

Fourth in the 2014 series

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#StrongAfterSandy—The Science Supporting the Department of the Interior’s Response

Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 devastated some of the most densely populated areas of the Atlantic Coast. The storm claimed lives, altered natural lands and wildlife habitat, and caused millions of dollars in property damage. Hurricane Sandy is a stark reminder of our Nation's need to better protect people and communities from future storms. To inform the Department of the Interior's recovery efforts, the U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are collectively developing and applying science to build resilient coastal communities that can better withstand and prepare for catastrophic storms of the future.

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.

2325 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.


Dr. Claude Gascon
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer, Emcee

Dr. Neil K. Ganju
U.S. Geological Survey
Research Oceanographer

Dr. Mary Foley
National Park Service
Chief Scientist, Northeast Region

Mr. Eric Schrading
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Field Office Supervisor, New Jersey Field Office
Hosted by: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation



Speaker Biographies

Claude Gascon, Ph.D.

Dr. Claude Gascon is Executive Vice-President and Chief Science Officer at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In this role, Dr. Gascon leads the development of conservation goals and priorities for the Foundation and the investment strategy to achieve concrete conservation outcomes. Dr. Gascon manages a team of science and monitoring experts as well as a team of conservation program officers in 4 regional offices around the US. From 1999 to 2010, Dr. Claude Gascon worked in a variety of position at Conservation International, most recently as Executive Vice-President for Field Programs. Prior to becoming VP, Dr. Gascon was Deputy Director of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science. Dr. Gascon completed a Master's in Ecology at Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada and his doctorate in Ecology at Florida State University.

Neil K. Ganju, Ph.D.

Dr. Neil K. Ganju is currently a research oceanographer in the Sediment Transport Group of the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1998, followed by his M.S. in Coastal Engineering from the University of Florida. He then worked as a hydraulic engineer at the USGS California Water Science Center in Sacramento between 2001-2008, focusing on sediment transport and geomorphic change in San Francisco Bay. As part of the USGS Student Career Experience Program (SCEP), Dr. Ganju attended the University of California-Davis and received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2007. He joined the Woods Hole center in 2008 and has worked on observations and modeling of estuarine and coastal processes along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, specializing in sediment transport, water-quality, and numerical modeling.

Mary Foley, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Foley currently serves as the senior science advisor to the Regional Director of the Northeast Region and oversees a multi-disciplinary research and natural resource management program in support of national parks in the Northeast Region from Maine to Virginia. She has a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University.

Eric Schrading

Eric Schrading is currently the Field Office Supervisor at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s New Jersey Field Office. He attended University of Maine/Orono and received his B.S. in Wildlife Management graduating in 1988. He received an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech, graduating in 1991. Eric worked as a wildlife biologist for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. prior to joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has been with the Service at the New Jersey Field Office for 20 years serving in federal activities and private lands restoration. Eric also has served as Private Lands Coordinator with the New Jersey Field Office for 16 years working on habitat restoration projects throughout the state. He is is a Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society.