Nicholls to feature discussion on hurricanes and coastal impact

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University will hold a program on the coastal impact of hurricanes at 5 p.m. Monday, June 4 in the Le Bijou Theater.

The Atlantic Basin hurricane season begins in June and runs until November, with the peak of the season from mid August to late October.

Hosted by the Nicholls Criminal Justice Department, the program will feature a presentation by Dave Bastian, who authored the book, “New Orleans Hurricanes from the Start.” The book details the Crescent City’s deadliest storms.

Following the presentation, the program will conclude with a panel discussion. Panelists are Dr. Gary LaFleur Jr., Nicholls associate professor of biological sciences and director of the Center for Bayou Studies, who will talk about coastal changes; Chief Albert Naquin, of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Band, who will discuss the Isle de Jean Charles; ecologist Dr. Julie Whitbeck, of the Jean Lafitte National Park and Reserve, who will discuss the state of the coast; and Michael Herbert, program manager of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who will discuss safety and security issues.

The event is slated to run from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.