Event Date: Thursday, September 7
Event Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Shelby Auditorium

Seminars set up by University Programs faculty cover a variety of topics throughout the year. Students on and off campus are invited to attend to learn more about what is happening in the marine science community. Topics include oysters, restoration, hypoxia, and more. The majority of seminars are streamed live and archived to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab YouTube channel.

Syed M. Khalil
Geologist Assistant Administrator
Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority of Louisiana 
Baton Rouge LA 

Field of Focus: Marine & Coastal Geology and Geophysics 

Area of Expertise: Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Sediment Management for Coastal Restoration & Protection, and Sediment Data Management

In his present capacity as a Geologist Assistant Administrator, Syed Khalil serves as an advisor to the Executive Director and Division Chief of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration, Louisiana.  His primary focus is on the geo-scientific issues pertaining to restoration, mitigation and management of the Louisiana coastal environment to address severe and chronic wetland loss, including the design and implementation of the Louisiana Sediment Management Plan (LASMP) to restore and sustain the Mississippi River Deltaic Plain.  Before assuming his present responsibilities, Khalil was a Director of the Geological Survey of India where he worked extensively in the East Coast of India/Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and Andaman Sea. He was also a United Nations Fellow at the University of Hawaii-Honolulu.  

During his career as a coastal and marine geologist, Khalil has conducted integrated oceanographic and hydrographic surveys involving seafloor mapping in almost the entire world’s major water bodies including the Pacific, Mid-Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, the Arabian, Andaman, Mediterranean, Japan, and South China Seas, and the Bay of Bengal and Gulf of Mexico. In addition to seafloor mapping studies, his major research interests include sediment evaluation, sediment transport/dynamics, and regional sediment management for coastal restoration.  Khalil has authored numerous professional papers published in international scientific journals, and has presented at regional, national and international conferences on the coastal sciences.  Khalil is an associate editor of the International Journal of Oceanography and Climate System (IJOCS) and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering.