Auburn researchers selected to participate in SEC Academic Conference

Three Auburn University researchers will be among more than 60 academic and governmental researchers to participate in the SEC Academic Conference to be held this month.

Eve Brantley, Extension specialist and associate professor, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science; Puneet Srivastava, director, Water Resources Center; and LaDon Swann, director, Marine Programs, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, will attend to discuss “The Future of Water” with other SEC institutions.

The event, hosted by Mississippi State University on March 27-28, will feature researchers and academic leaders representing all 14 SEC institutions. Mississippi’s Delta Council will be present as well as governmental organizations, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey and Environmental Protection Agency.

The academic conference will showcase SEC university research in areas of critical importance within the region and around the nation. The SEC Academic Conference represents a broad list of academic programming currently supported by the SEC.

The academic initiative of the SEC, or SECU, strives to support and advance collaborative academic endeavors and achievements of SEC universities.

The focus and theme of this year’s research collaboration conference is “The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines and Watersheds.” Participants will engage with experts on a variety of water resource topics.

Water issues have been brought to the forefront of current research discussions including concerns of drought, decline in aquifers for irrigation and rising sea-levels. The conference is constructed to stimulate creative and innovative conversation and collaboration toward sustainable and adaptable water resource management and policies in the Southeast.

The event will be headlined by notable guests including best-selling author John M. Barry; former National Geographic executive environment editor Dennis Dimick; and University of California Irvine professor and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory senior water scientist Jay Famiglietti.

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