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FAU Experts for 2009 Hurricane Season

            BOCA RATON, FL ( April 22, 2009) – With the start of hurricane season approaching, several Florida Atlantic University faculty members are available to discuss issues surrounding hurricane preparation and awareness, including:

  • Anthony Abbate .  Abbate is an associate professor of architecture specializing in hurricane safety and preparations.  He can be reached at 954-762-5636 (office) or
  • Leonard Berry.  Berry is the director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies.   He specializes in water management, flooding and general environmental issues specific to South Florida and the tropics.  Berry can be reached at 561-799-8544 (office) or
  • D.V. Reddy.   Reddy is an ocean engineering professor who specializes in structural and geo-technical engineering.  He can provide tips for minimizing the damage associated with hurricanes to marine structures, such as bridges and coastal protection systems.  Reddy can be reached at 561-297-3443 (office), 561-495-0545 (home) or
  • Edward Proffitt .  Proffitt is a FAU biology faculty member located at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. He can provide information on hurricane disturbance effects and recovery of mangroves, sea grasses, soft corals and shrimp populations.  Proffitt can be reached at 772-465-2400, ext. 569 (office) or or

For more information on FAU’s faculty experts, contact Lisa Freed, FAU’s assistant director of media relations, at 561-297-3022.

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