In conjunction with its current "Water Trails of the Atchafalaya" exhibit, West Baton Rouge Museum is hosting a lunchtime lecture featuring Dr. Bryan Piazza from the Nature Conservancy. Dr. Piazza will speak on “The Atchafalaya River Basin, An Ecological and Personal Perspective” on Friday, September 15 at Noon.
Dr. Bryan Piazza, director of freshwater and marine science for The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, provides scientific support and strategic guidance for freshwater and coastal conservation and restoration projects in Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico coast and the Mississippi River basin. He has published on a number of conservation and restoration topics and is the author of a book titled The Atchafalaya River Basin – History and Ecology of an American Wetland.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Dr. Piazza applied research in aquatic systems across the Louisiana coast, particularly focused on the effects of re-connecting the Mississippi River to its coastal wetlands and restoring oyster reefs. He has developed ecological metrics to measure restoration success and has experience developing coastal policy, managing habitat restoration projects, developing monitoring protocols, and installing scientific monitoring instrumentation. One of Dr. Piazza’s current projects includes the Atchafalaya River Basin Initiative – conservation and restoration of America’s largest river swamp.
Admission for this program is FREE. Audience members are welcome to bring a bag lunch.