The Symposium

“Coastal Resiliency in the Face of Environmental Change: Are current laws and policies flexible for a changing world?” a symposium cohosted by Oregon Sea Grant and the University of Oregon Environment and Natural Resources Law Center, will be held on April 7, 2017 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

It seeks to bring together law and policy experts, scientists, practitioners, and managers to present and discuss issues related to changing environmental conditions, such as ocean acidification, sea level rise, and other climate stressors, their impact on natural resources, coastal infrastructure, and energy development – all through a legal and policy lens.

This symposium is free for all participants, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, pre-registration by April 3 is encouraged.



Lincoln County Commissioner

Keynote Speaker


Associate Director, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute


8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

Coffee and pastries

9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks

9:15 AM

Terry Thompson - Keynote Speaker

9:45 AM

Kathie Dello

Overview of environmental changes anticipated for Oregon.

10:15 AM

Ocean Acidification

- Dr. Ryan Kelly, Univeristy of Washington School of Marine Affairs
- Dr. Steve Rumrill, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Dr. George Waldbusser, Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science

11:45 AM
~ 1h


12:45 PM
~ 1.5h

Sea Level Rise and Infrastructure

- Dr. Jessica Whitehead, North Carolina Sea Grant
- Matt Spangler, Department of Land Conservation and Development
- Steve Shipsey, Oregon Assistant Attorney General
- Meg Reed, Department of Land Conservation and Development

2:15 PM
~ .5h


2:45 PM
~ 1.5h

Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy

- Courtney Johnson, Crag Law Center
- Jason Busch, Oregon Wave Energy Trust
- Rebecca O’Neil, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

4:15 PM
~ 15min

Closing Remarks

4:30 PM


4:30 PM
~ 2h


Register for Free!

Space is limited, pre-registration by April 3 is encouraged.



  • University of Oregon Law School
             Room 175 Auditorium Hall
  • (541) 737-8715
  • 7:30 - 22:00