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Judith Pederson, Ph.D.
Symposium Chair
Advisory Leader
MIT Sea Grant College Program

Judith Pederson's research and publications cover topics related to climate change, coastal pollution, and marine biological invasions.

Greg Berman
Coastal Processes Specialist
Woods Hole Sea Grant Program

Greg Berman provides technical assistance on coastal geology topics such as shoreline change, erosion control alternatives, coastal flood plains, coastal hazards, hazard mitigation analyses, and dune restoration techniques. In addition, he investigates the potential effects of various human activities on coastal landforms.

Lisa Dickson, PG
Vice President, Sustainability
Senior Leadership Team

Lisa Dickson has 15 years of experience in the field with specific expertise in sustainability, climate change, and greenhouse gasses.

Paul Kirshen, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
University of New Hampshire

Paul Kirshen specific interests for his work are in water resource engineering and management, climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning.

Julia Knisel
Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager
MA Office of Coastal Zone Management

Julia Knisel leads development and implementation of policies and strategies to promote sound adaptation and reduce vulnerability to erosion and flooding along the coast.

Hubert Murray, FAIA, RIBA
Manager of Sustainable Initiatives
Partners HealthCare Inc.

Hubert Murray's work as Manager of Sustainable Initiatives for Partners HealthCare Inc. encompasses the built environment, energy, water, waste, transportation, and purchasing. He was sustainability advisor to the design team for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard and is working on longer-term resilience of Partners' hospitals in response to climate change. Hubert Murray was educated in England and has practiced in the United States since 1986.

Juliet Simpson, Ph.D.
Costal Ecologist
MIT Sea Grant College Program

Juliet Simpson is a coastal aquatic ecologist with research interests in climate change, water quality and coastal pollution, and ecosystem resiliency.

Bradford Washburn
Assistant Director
MA Office of Coastal Zone Management

Brad Washburn focuses on community services including municipal coordination and technical assistance, coastal hazards planning and management, and development of adaptation measures.

Jack Wiggin
Urban Harbors Institute
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Jack Wiggin is the director of the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has 32 years of experience in government, the private sector, and academia developing and implementing coastal and marine policy, planning and management strategies at the national, state, and local levels of government in the US and abroad. He is an adjunct faculty member in the School for the Environment teaching courses on urban planning and land use law, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.