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S E A S ECRETS 2020 25TH Anniversary Season



The Shepard Broad Foundation Meredyth Anne Dasburg Foundation William J. Gallwey III, Esquire Sheryl Gold Key Biscayne Community Foundation Elizabeth C. Lambertson Foundation

Joan McCaughan Family Foundation Taylor and Melissa White Fund The Wang Family The Welch Family Foundation Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

To become a sponsor of Sea Secrets call 305-421-4061.

LEADING EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE. TRANSFORMING LIVES AND MINDS. Established in 1943, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science unites cutting-edge technology with top-notch minds to tackle global challenges, including weather, climate, sea-level rise, hurricanes, earthquakes and marine conservation. Through transformational research, dynamic interdisciplinary academics and support for the establishment of sound environmental policy, we explore the Earth’s great mysteries, improve the quality of human life and educate tomorrow’s leading scientists.

Credit NASA Goddard – 12/8/2017

Join us as we travel the world with distinguished scientists and explorers at the edge of discovery. We invite you to learn about today’s global challenges, from climate change to marine conservation, during this series of evening programs designed for the non-scientific community. All lectures take place at the UM Rosenstiel School and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required. To register for one or more lectures, please go to the link listed for each speaker. For further information, email: events@rsmas.miami.edu or call 305-421-4061



If You Like Your Weather Forecast, Thank... an Oceanographer! January 21, 2020 Reception 6:30pm Program 7pm

Acting Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Why does your 7-day forecast hinge on ocean observations? How do the oceans affect Earth’s climate? What is being done in the science community to increase our knowledge of the oceans? Craig McLean, acting chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will answer these questions and more when he discusses the current state of ocean science and policy. McLean is responsible for a network of NOAA research laboratories and programs, including the Climate, National Sea Grant, Ocean Acidification, Weather Research, and Ocean Exploration programs, the latter which he founded. He serves as the U.S. representative to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, a body of 149 nations leading the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. For more than 24 years, he served as a commissioned NOAA officer commanding research vessels both on and under the sea. An attorney who has practiced marine resource law for NOAA, he is a national fellow of The Explorers Club and a 250th Anniversary Fellow of Rutgers University.

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Stressed, Depressed and Angry: What Toadfish Can Teach Us About Human Health and Disease Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Reception 6:30pm Program 7pm

Professor, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology, UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Fish can sometimes make better models for mammal health and disease than your typical white laboratory rat. Dr. Danielle McDonald will present her research that uses the unique characteristics of a local, highly aggressive marine fish called the Gulf toadfish to investigate how oil exposure effects the bottlenose dolphin stress response, why human brains swell during liver failure, and what the serotonin transporter, the target of antidepressants, is doing to control blood pressure. McDonald is an expert in fish physiology and behavior and her research program investigates the role of cortisol, a hormone that is elevated in response to stress, and serotonin, a neurotransmitter most commonly known for its role in depression, in fish during times of environmental stress. The research conducted by her lab not only advances our understanding of fish, but can also be applied to marine mammal or human health. Fish and other aquatic organisms can make better health models than other mammals. McDonald is an award-winning teacher and mentor, teaching several senior-level undergraduate courses and mentoring both undergraduates and graduate students in laboratory research. She is committed to communicating science in a fun, accessible way, with the goal of her educational and outreach activities always being the four Es: educate, engage, excite and empower.

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EVERETTE JOSEPH, Ph.D. Actionable Earth System Science Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Reception 6:30pm, Program 7pm


Securing a thriving, sustainable and resilient 21st century from the existential threats of increasing environmental hazards will require a highly knowledge driven society. Such a society is able to assess and understand its near-term and long-term risks and mobilize mitigating or adaptive actions to preserve economic health and global well-being. Transdisciplinary discovery and innovation is an essential means of empowering society to this extent. Dr. Everette Joseph will discuss how research taking place at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and elsewhere in the Earth system science community is evolving to be more actionable for the benefit of society. Joseph joined NCAR as director in 2019 from the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he was director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. At Albany, Joseph co-led the $30.5 million New York State Mesonet for advanced weather detection and the New York State Center of Excellence for the Weather Enterprise. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on over $90 million in research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, and the Army High Performance Computing Research Center. Joseph has been a member of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine since 2014. Other roles have included membership on the Steering Committee of the NASEM Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from space; the NOAA Science Advisory Board; and the American Meteorological Society Commission on the Weather, Water and Climate Enterprise.

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Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research

BERTA LEVAVI-SIVAN, Ph.D. From Genes to Aquaculture

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Reception 6:30pm, Program 7pm

Vice Rector and Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem One of the most important worldwide goals is the development of environmentally responsible aquaculture that will provide the growing demand for quality fish. Aquaculture production of finfish has seen rapid growth in production volume and economic yield over the last decades – paralleling the increase in world population and demands. Modern intensive fish aquaculture comprises all life stages of the fish from development of gonads, puberty, spawning, and brood stock management to fully grown adults. This life cycle of fish is driven by specific hormones along a cascade that leads to maturation, ovulation and spawning. Dr. Levavi-Sivan was involved in the discovery of several fundamental neuropeptides that occur at different stages of fish reproduction. She developed a successful agent to induce spawning in cyprinid based on recombinant carp pituitary hormones. Recombinant gonadotropins were developed also for other important fish species like tilapia, medaka, zebrafish, sturgeon and the basal vertebrate lamprey. Using transgenic fish, Levani-Sivan studies the organization of specific cells in the fish pituitary. She has a B.Sc. degree in life science, M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in zoology from Tel Aviv University. She specializes in aquaculture, focusing on basic and applied aspects of fish reproductive physiology and endocrinology, and understanding how the fish brain regulates a cascade of hormones that control reproduction, growth and metabolism.

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ROBIN ELIZABETH BELL, Ph.D. Changing Ice Changing Coastlines

April 28, 2020 Reception 6:30pm Program 7pm

PGI Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University Changing ice, large calving icebergs and disappearing glaciers are emblematic of the rapid warming of our planet. Coastlines from Miami to Mumbai are responding to the changing ice. Beneath the ice of Antarctica are hidden terrains from mountain ranges, rivers that run uphill to lakes the size of New Jersey. Polar science is at the edge of discovery and wonder. These discoveries help us understand how the ice will change in the future, and what will happen to our coastlines. Dr. Robin Bell received her undergraduate degree in geology from Middlebury College in Vermont and her Ph.D. in geophysics from Columbia University in 1989. Bell has explored our planet’s ice sheets, developed innovative technology and improved the scientific culture for women. Bell has coordinated ten major aero-geophysical expeditions to Antarctica and Greenland, studying what makes ice sheets collapse, discovering a volcano beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet and several large lakes beneath two miles of ice, and demonstrating that ice sheets can thicken from below. She led a Lamont team to map the Hudson River from Staten Island to Albany. She was the first women to chair the National Academy of Science’s Polar Research Board (2002-2008) and launched the International Polar Year 2007-2009 that brought together over 50,000 scientists from around the globe. Bell is president of the American Geophysical Union, the largest organization of Earth and space scientists in the world.

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2019 Best Overall Image by Davide Lopresti, Juvenile tritone alpestre - (Ichthyosaura alpestris) Location: Liguria, Italy

University of Miami Rosenstiel School Underwater Photography Contest. Sponsored by

Smart Change Starts Here. Since its inception in 2005, the contest has drawn more than 500 images a year from entrants around the globe. Photographs are judged in five separate categories: Fish or Marine Animal Portrait, Macro, Wide Angle, Student, and Best Overall.

View 2019 Winners Winners of the 2020 Rosenstiel School Underwater Photography Contest will be announced at the conclusion of the April 28th Lecture.

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Sea Secrets Lecture Series 2020  

Join us as we travel the world with distinguished scientists and explorers at the edge of discovery. We invite you to learn about today’s gl...

Sea Secrets Lecture Series 2020  

Join us as we travel the world with distinguished scientists and explorers at the edge of discovery. We invite you to learn about today’s gl...