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Urban Coast Institute


FOR THE MEDIA: Below is a list of UCI staff members and their areas of expertise. Additional biographical information can be found on the Who We Are page. Media inquiries may be directed to Karl Vilacoba, Communications Director, at or 732-571-3688. For a full list of experts at Monmouth University, click here.

UCI Expert Guide

Tony MacDonald, Esq.

Expertise: Ocean resources management issues and public policy, beach access law, ocean planning, federal environmental legislation and congressional affairs

Dr. Jason Adolf

Expertise: Water quality, harmful algal blooms, red tides, phytoplankton ecology and evolution

Randall Abate, J.D.

Expertise: Climate change law and justice, domestic and international environmental law, constitutional law, animal law

Vice Admiral Paul Gaffney, USN (Ret.)

Expertise: Ocean exploration, federal ocean policy, Naval meteorology and oceanography

Dr. Thomas Herrington

Expertise: Coastal resilience and sustainability, hazard mitigation, ocean engineering, storm surge and wave impacts, beach/sand management, climate change

Jim Nickels

Expertise: Marine science, fisheries, plankton, benthic organisms, sediment, water quality, mitigation, geophysics, marine GIS and GPS mapping.

Karl Vilacoba

Expertise: The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, ocean planning, general inquiries about UCI programs, projects and activities

News Releases

Recent news from the Urban Coast Institute: Click here for older UCI news releases.

Monmouth University Christens Research Vessel as the Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe, October 18, 2018

Former Govs. Kean, Florio and Other Coastal and Ocean Champions to be Honored Oct. 9 at Monmouth University, September 28, 2018

Monmouth University Appoints Inaugural Rechnitz Family UCI Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, September 18, 2018

Monmouth University Unveils 49-Foot Research Vessel Nauvoo, June 27, 2018

Report Assesses Mid-Atlantic Coast’s Economic Vulnerability to Climate Change, April 17, 2018

Science Building Renovation and Expansion Project Completed, Feb. 21, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Residents See Ocean Health as Major Economic Issue, December 5, 2017

Rumson and Monmouth University Announce Partnership to Build Marine Field Station on Navesink River, October 2, 2017

Urban Coast Institute to Assist in Researching Sediment Contamination in New York Harbor Channels, May 23, 2017

Herrington Joins Urban Coast Institute as Associate Director, May 11, 2017

Naked DNA in water tells if fish have arrived, April 12, 2017

UCI’s MacDonald Joins Team Researching How Chemical Cues Influence Marine Life Habitat Selection on Coral Reefs in Belize, March 21, 2017

UCI Director Tony MacDonald Statement on the Release of JOCI Ocean Action Agenda, March 7, 2017

Scientists release final report, recommendations from the 2016 US National Ocean Exploration Forum, February 20, 2017

UCI Director Tony MacDonald Statement on the Federal Approval of Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Ocean Plans, December 7, 2016

Symposium to Explore America’s Ocean Future: Recommendations for the Trump Administration and Congress, November 30, 2016

Exploring vast ‘submerged America,’ marine scientists discover 500 bubbling methane vents, October 19, 2016

Moore Foundation Grants $1.2 Million to Monmouth U. to Support Progress on Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, August 18, 2016

Public Open House at Monmouth University for Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan July 14, June 23, 2016

Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute Joins Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Project Team, May 17, 2016

Urban Coast Institute Report Examines How Mid-Atlantic Boaters Spend Time and Money, April 22, 2016

Public Says Climate Change Is Real, January 5, 2016

Urban Coast Institute Director Headed to Paris Climate Change Conference, November 18, 2015

Two Renowned Ocean Advocates To Speak at Monmouth University on October 29, October 7, 2015

Portal Redesign Links Users to Each Other via Stories, Data, Mapping, June 17, 2015

Monmouth Conservation Foundation Names Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown to Its Board of Trustees, April 22, 2015

Monmouth University’s Science, Society, and Sustainability Seminar Series Presents Award-winning Author Paul Greenberg on April 27, February 24, 2015

Michael Schwebel Appointed Urban Coast Institute’s Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, February 24, 2015

$1.6 Million Grant from Moore Foundation Supports Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute’s Work on Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, January 29, 2015

Monmouth University’s Science, Society, and Sustainability Seminar Series Presents Governor Florio on February 3, January 21, 2015