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FAU Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series Presents ‘Our Changing Oceans’

BOCA RATON, FL (January 31, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will present Margaret Leinen, Ph.D., from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU, as part of the 2012 Frontiers in Science public lecture series. “Our Changing Oceans” will take place on Friday, February 3 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center, Room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Leinen will discuss some of the changes that oceanographers are seeing in the coastal oceans and open oceans and will talk about their implications for Florida.  She will also talk about the ways in which research at Harbor Branch may contribute to understanding these changes and the ability to adapt to them.

“This is an exciting time for oceanography,” said Leinen.  “Technology has increased our ability to observe and measure the ocean.  The internet, connectivity and autonomous vehicles enable us to explore and coordinate areas that have been difficult or impossible toreach until now. These tools have revolutionized the way we look at the ocean.”

Leinen is the executive director of Harbor Branch and associate provost for FAU’s marine and environmental initiatives.  She is an ocean biogeochemist and paleoceanographer whose research includes study of ocean carbon cycles.  Leinen was professor and dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and served as assistant dean for geosciences, U.S. National Science Foundation from 2000 to 2007. She spent time in the private sector as chief science officer of Climos, Inc. and was founder and chief executive officer of the Climate Response Fund, a nonprofit organization promoting responsible discussion of issues associated with climate engineering research.

Leinen was the chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, president of The Oceanography Society, chair of the AAAS Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Science.  She served as vice chair of the research board of the Gulf Research Initiative, an organization formed to manage $500 million in funding from BP for study of the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science.  Printing and mailing of lecture series materials are made possible by a Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

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