Coastal Seminars 2017 – Eli Lazarus

I am pleased to invite you to this semester’s first seminar talk next week, as part of our Coastal Seminar Series at the University of Southampton, on

Weird Dynamical Signatures from Developed Coastlines

by Dr. Eli Lazarus (Geography and Environment, University of Southampton).

When: Tuesday, 10 October 2017 at 16:00

Where: Building 85/2207 (Highfield Campus)



Developed coastlines – especially the open, sandy, barrier coasts of the US Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard – have dynamics all their own, fundamentally different from those that characterise natural coastlines. Over the past decade, dynamical theory for coastal human–landscape systems has outpaced the necessary empiricism to complement and test it. But new data-driven analyses are beginning to quantify real signatures of theorised relationships, such as feedbacks between real-estate economics and physical coastal change. This talk will explore how the “invisible hand” in some of these feedbacks appears to be steering already vulnerable coasts toward conditions of even higher risk.


Speaker information:

Dr Eli Lazarus is a Lecturer in Geomorphology in Geography & Environment at the University of Southampton. He earned his doctorate at Duke University, studying large-scale patterns of shoreline change from a complex-systems vantage, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Coupled Human–Natural Systems at the University of Maine (USA). He took a lectureship in the School of Earth & Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University, in 2012, and joined the University of Southampton in 2016. He leads the Environmental Dynamics Lab (on Twitter: @envidynxlab), and looks for mixed-method research approaches that combine field imagery, empirical time series, physical experiments, and numerical modelling. He served on NERC’s initial Strategic Programmes Advisory Group, and is presently co-chair of the Coastal Working Group for the Community Surface Dynamics Modelling System (CSDMS), an international, collaborative research network funded by the US National Science Foundation.