Dr. Beth Schaefer Caniglia - Climate Change Migration

Stephen K. Boss, professor of environmental dynamics and sustainability in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, launched the Coastlines & People (CoPe) Virtual Symposium Project on September 14, 2022. Boss presented “Far-Field Effects of Sea-Level Rise and Ocean-Climate Processes on the Heartland: An Overview.” This project was cosponsored by the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in Fulbright College.

On May 18, 2023, Dr. Beth Schaefer Caniglia delivered the fifteenth presentation entitled "Climate Change Migration & Environmental Justice in the Louisiana Delta."

In the Louisiana Delta, two general patterns of human migration result from climate change with differing sending and receiving communities. In this talk, Caniglia describes the rapid onset in- and out-migration patterns that generally follow hurricanes and compares them to the gradual out-migration that characterizes community response to rising sea levels.

Caniglia serves as Senior Scientist Advisor in the fields of resilience and environmental justice for General Dynamics Information Technology, providing expert consultation to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is past of Editor-in-Chief of The Solutions Journal and past Chair of the Environmental Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. Caniglia is a globally recognized expert in the area of regenerative urban development. She is author of five books, including Regenerative Urban Development, Climate Change and the Common Good (2019 Routledge) and Resilience, Environmental Justice & the City (2017 Routledge).  

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