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Sea Secrets Lecture Series Kicks Off January 18


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    MIAMI (January 3, 2017)—Presented by the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and The Ocean Research and Education Foundation, the 2017 Sea Secrets lecture series kicks off on Wednesday, January 18, when award-winning marine wildlife photojournalist Brian Skerry shares tales from many of his National Geographic Magazine stories around the world and in the sea that illustrate environmental problems and solutions and bring the audience eye-to-eye with amazing marine animals and exotic locations.

    The University of Miami and the South Florida community is invited to join Skerry and four other distinguished scientists and explorers at the edge of discovery during the series, which runs through May 4 and is designed to provide insight and information to non-scientists about our planet and today’s global challenges, from climate change to coral reef health.

    “For more than 20 years, the UM Rosenstiel School has been hosting distinguished speakers from around the world to provide the South Florida community with cutting-edge marine and atmospheric science and exploration,” said Dean Roni Avissar. “We are pleased to provide our community with another great lineup this year.”

    With the exception of the final talk on May 4, all lectures will take place at the Rosenstiel School auditorium on Virginia Key, and begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. Seating is limited. RSVP via the Eventbrite links provided below is requested. The May 4 lecture will take place at the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum, with the reception beginning at 7 p.m.

    For more information, email events@rsmas.miami.edu or call 305-421-4061.

    2017 Sea Secrets Lecture Series schedule:

     

    skerry1Wednesday, January 18: 

    “Ocean Soul” at the Rosenstiel School auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m.

    Brian Skerry, National Geographic underwater photojournalist

    In his presentation, marine wildlife photojournalist Brian Skerry will take the audience around the world and into the sea, sharing tales from many of his feature stories for National Geographic Magazine. Environmental problems and solutions are illustrated and audiences are brought eye-to-eye with amazing marine animals and exotic locations. Skerry will also share tales from behind the photo, talking about how images are made and all the adventures of life in the field.

    RSVP: https://seasecrets1.eventbrite.com/

     

     

    avery2Thursday, February 9: 

    “Our Connected Ocean – A Revolution in Ocean Science” at the Rosenstiel School auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m.

    Susan Avery, president and director emerita, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    During her talk, “Our Connected Ocean – A Revolution in Ocean Science,” Susan Avery will discuss the quiet revolution in ocean science and what it means for humanity. Understanding the ocean’s complexity – today’s challenge for science – requires the use of new platforms that provide access to all parts of the ocean, new sensors that continually observe the ocean, and new observing networks that provide continuous data to scientists worldwide.

    RSVP: https://seasecrets2.eventbrite.com/

     

     

    schmidtThursday, March 9:

    “Choosing our Climate Adventure” at the Rosenstiel School auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m.

    Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

    During his talk, “Choosing our Climate Adventure,” Gavin Schmidt will discuss his work on how models of past, present, and future climate can be used to determine the fingerprints of climate drivers and what that means for past and present changes. Additionally, he will discuss the implications for future policy choices, including mitigation and adaptation and the outlines of the adventure our society will have to choose.

    RSVP: https://seasecrets3.eventbrite.com/

     

     

    ausubelThursday, April 6:

    Naked DNA in My Seawater” at the Rosenstiel School auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m.

    Jesse Ausubel, director and senior research associate for the Program for the Human Environment, The Rockefeller University  

     During his talk, “Naked DNA in My Seawater,” Jesse Ausubel will introduce us to the eDNA in our seawater that you may have gulped while swimming. Loose or extracellular DNA abounds in natural water, salt and fresh. It may shed like dandruff from the break-up of cells. The presence of many aquatic animals can be reliably detected by analyzing water samples for the presence of DNA fragments. Emerging eDNA technology could add to or supplant traditional time-consuming, expensive, and destructive monitoring methods. As reference libraries of DNA grow, eDNA could become an effective way to understand the status of marine life.

    Winners of the annual Rosenstiel School Underwater Photography Contest will be announced following this lecture.

    RSVP: https://seasecrets4.eventbrite.com/

     

    bretos-bakerThursday, May 4:

    Coral Reefs and Science Diplomacy: Bridging the Gap with Cuba” at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum, 1101 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL, 33132, beginning with a reception at 7 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:30 p.m.

    Fernando Bretos, director of MUVE at Frost Science

    Andrew Baker, associate professor, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology, UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

    During their presentation, “Coral Reefs and Science Diplomacy: Bridging the Gap with Cuba,” Fernando Bretos and Andrew Baker will discuss the efforts they are spearheading to use science diplomacy to bring marine science together in the two countries after 55 years of isolation. The recent re-establishment of diplomatic relations is opening new avenues for scientific investigation and environmental conservation. Frost Science Curator Fernando Bretos and UM Professor Baker will discuss new joint research they are conducting with Cuban scientists on the connections between coral reefs in the U.S. and our neighbor 90 miles south. Join us as we learn about their work to understand why Cuba’s reefs are in better condition than those in the U.S., how they can be protected from further declines, and how they might help boost the resilience of Florida’s coral reefs.

    RSVP: https://seasecrets5.eventbrite.com/

    For more information, email events@rsmas.miami.edu or call 305-421-4061.

    The 2017 Sea Secrets lecture series is sponsored by The Shepard Broad Foundation, Sheryl Gold, William J. Gallwey III, Esquire, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, Concrete Beach Brewery, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, and WPBT PBS.

    Winners of the annual Rosenstiel School Underwater Photography Contest will be announced following the April 6 lecture.

     

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