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FMU husband and wife team publish book

FLORENCE – Jeffrey Pompe, Francis Marion University Trustee Research Scholar, Nellie Cooke Sparrow Professor of Business and economics professor and wife Kathleen, art professor at FMU, have published a book that chronicles the development of a coastal community by natural and human forces. 

The book, “Altered Environments: The Outer Banks of North Carolina,” is published by University of South Carolina Press. It was written by Jeffrey and the photographs were taken by Kathleen whose work has been exhibited extensively in one-person, invitational, and juried art shows throughout the country. Her work has also appeared in numerous books and journals. 

In the book, the Pompes explore the complex interactions between nature and human habitation on the resilient Outer Banks of North Carolina. They also employ modern and historical photographs and maps to illustrate the geographic and ecologic changes that have taken place on the Outer Banks, evaluating efforts to preserve these lands and also meet the evolving needs of a growing population. 

The Pompes examine the various forces that have created an environment so very different from the Outer Banks of only a few decades ago. The defining event in the reshaping of the islands for expanded development was the dune-construction project of the 1930s, when the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed a wall of self-sustaining dunes along 125 miles of Outer Banks shoreline in an effort to stave off beach erosion. 

While “Altered Environments: The Outer Banks of North Carolina,” focuses on the Outer Banks, the narrative also considers social, environmental, and economic issues that are relevant to much of the seashore. The book is used as a case study to frame a host of environmental challenges faced along the Atlantic seaboard. The Pompes provide a valuable commentary on the historical context of these concerns and offer some insightful solutions that allow for sustainable communities. 

A native of Russelton, Pa., Jeffrey Pompe joined the FMU faculty in 1988. Prior to that, he was a graduate and research assistant at Florida State University. He earned graduate and undergraduate degrees in music from Duquesne University before receiving a master’s and doctorate in economics from Florida State. He is also coauthor of the book, “Environmental Conflict: In Search of Common Ground.”

Kathleen Pompe received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in art from The Pennsylvania State University.

The 168-page book sells for $29.95 and is available now at as well as through online retailers such as and


Last Published: December 3, 2010 8:59 AM
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