EGGS lecture focuses on transformation of “Rigs to Reefs”

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University's Department of Environmental Geographical and Geological Sciences will present a lecture by J.R. Jones, representative for the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, titled “Rigs to Reefs” on Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Hartline Science Center, room G38.

The lecture will focus on the repurposing of decommissioned offshore oil rigs for coral reef habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico Foundation promotes and facilitates conservation of the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico and its resources through education, public awareness, research, and leadership programs.

Jones, a Texas native and public school teacher, holds an undergraduate degree in earth science and biology and a master’s degree in earth science and biology. He began his teaching career as a 19-year old flight instructor in Dallas, Texas and since then, has taught in graduate labs, junior colleges, the Texas Education Agency, middle schools and high schools focusing on environmental science and marine geology.

Jones also served in the U.S. Navy between undergraduate and graduate schools and worked part-time in the oil and gas industry during his extensive teaching career.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.