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University of Miami, Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series, "In Hot Water: Finding Ocean-Based Solutions to the Climate Crisis"

With global impacts of the climate crisis threatening current and future generations, our connection to the ocean, the major regulating force in the Earth’s climate system, is more critical than ever. Climate change and ocean acidification are severely and rapidly impacting species, ecosystems, and jeopardizing food security, shoreline protection, the provision of income, livelihood sources, and sustainable economic development around the globe.

But the ocean also offers a wide range of potential climate solutions—mitigation and adaptation strategies including ocean-based renewable energy, blue carbon sequestration, and net-zero shipping. In Hot Water: Finding Ocean-Based Solutions to the Climate Crisis will bring together a panel of notable alumni experts to share their perspectives on this urgent global crisis and how we can solve it by working together.

    Moderator and Host:
    • Erica Rule, M.A., Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  Chief of Staff for Science Planning and Operations
    • Devang B. Desai, J.D., President, University of Miami Alumni Association, Partner, Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo

    Panelists include:

    • Stacy Aguliera-Patterson, Ph.D., National Science Foundation, Ocean Policy Speciality
    • Kerri L. Barsh, J.D., Shareholder and Co-Chair of Environmental Practice, Greenberg Traurig
    • Pedro N. Dinezio, M.S., Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, Climate Scientist, Associate Professor, Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
    • Galen Treuer, Ph.D., Miami-Dade County, Resilience Coordinator for Strategic Outcomes