Dr. Joseph T. Kelley is a Professor of Marine Geology at the University of Maine where he presently chairs the Department of Earth Sciences and is a member of the Climate Change Institute. He is a native of Maine, USA and received a BA degree in Geology from Boston University in 1973, and MS and a PdD. degree in Geology from Lehigh University in 1976 and 1980, respectively. He taught for three years at the University of New Orleans where he was promoted to Associate Professor and wrote a book on the tragic erosion of that state’s coast. In 1982 he became Director of the Marine Geology Division of the Maine Geological Survey where he developed progressive regulations governing beach development. These were the first laws in the United States to preclude construction of seawalls, mining of beaches and re-construction of buildings destroyed by storms on beaches. Dr. Kelley has published almost 100 peer-reviewed papers as well as several books on coastal processes and environments. His basic scientific focus is on measuring past changes in sea-level, mapping seafloor habitats and sand and mud transport in coastal beaches and estuaries. His scientific research often includes the impact of coastal processes on humans and vice-versa.