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ISCS Banquet

Saturday, September 22
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: UNF Student Union

A SandFest tradition, the banquet is a great way to relax and enjoy a delicious meal
while listening to the keynote speaker as the conference winds down.

Note: This ISCS function is open to registered attendees only.
It is an option in the registration fee.

Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach)
"What Makes a Great Beach?"

A beach rating survey was designed to provide an objective appraisal of the major public recreational beaches in the United States. Fifty criteria, which included physical and biological factors as well as human use and impacts, are used to evaluate beaches for their environmental qualities and utility by beach patrons, especially for swimming during the summer season. The factors were assessed on a scale from one to five in order to provide a quantitative comparison of beaches and to permit a ranking that is undertaken annually. The number one beach, which has the highest overall score, is retired the following year after selection as the national winner so that other great beaches can receive acclaim for their high quality and good environmental management.

Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental (Coastal) Sciences from the University of Virginia, and completed his undergraduate degree in Geosciences at North Carolina State University.

Prior to joining FIU, Stephen was Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at the University of Maryland; Director of the National Park Research Unit at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at Boston University.

Stephen has authored or edited 16 books, including Sea Level Rise: Causes and Consequences; Barrier Island Handbook; Overwash Processes; Cape Cod: From Glaciers to Beaches; and America’s Best Beaches. He has also authored over 200 journal articles and technical reports, including articles in both Science and Nature.

Stephen has provided expert testimony multiple times for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. He was also the on-screen host and co-producer of the 1992 film “Vanishing Lands”, winner of three international film awards, including the Golden Eagle. [From]


Beach themed attire or business casual requested, but not required.


Catered meal will include:
  • Classic Caesar Salad
  • Savory Chicken with Herb Marinade and Country Gravy
  • Sauteed vegetable blend: squash, baby carrots, broccoli
  • Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
  • Fresh Baked Rolls and House-made Butter
  • Chocolate Layer Cake or Cheesecake
  • Iced Tea, Iced Water, Coffee
  • Beer/Wine Cash Bar Available (ID Required)


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