Talk is in conjunction with The Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 Exhibit

Islamorada, FL – You may know him better as “Dr. Beach” through his annual ranking of American’s beaches, but FIU Prof. Stephen P. Leatherman, Ph.D., also is an international expert on sea level rise, coastal erosion and the effect of hurricanes on coastlines. Prof. Leatherman’s presentation on Hurricane Impacts and Hazard Reduction is the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 21 is at the Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada. The Center opens at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m.

Members of the Keys History & Discovery Center are free. Cost for non-members is $25 and includes admission to the exhibit as well as light appetizers. A cash bar will be available. Reservations are suggested and can be made at 305-922-2237.

Dr. Leatherman, a professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at FIU, earned his doctorate degree in Environmental/Coastal Sciences from University of Virginia. He has authored or edited 16 books, including Sea Level Rise: Causes and Consequences, as well as published more than 200 journal articles.

The presentation is in conjunction with the current exhibit, The Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, featuring more than 80 black and white images that not only capture the Upper Keys before the storm, but also the extraordinary aftermath.

The exhibit runs through Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at the Discovery Center in Islamorada, MM 82, located at the Islander Resort. The exhibit is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $12. Admission for seniors is $10 and children 13-under are free.

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