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FAU’s Frontiers in Science Lecture Series Presents ‘Global Warming and the Resilience of Coastal Marine Habitats: Where is the Edge?’

BOCA RATON, FL (November 15, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will continue its 2007 Frontiers in Science public lecture series with a presentation by Dr. Marguerite Koch-Rose, associate professor in FAU’s department of biological sciences. “Global Warming and the Resilience of Coastal Marine Habitats: Where is the Edge?" will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 126 in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical College of   Science Building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.   

Koch-Rose will explore the evidence of a changing ocean world, including coastal, coral reef, mangrove and estuarine ecosystems – all highly productive marine habitats frequently referred to as “tropical rainforests of the ocean.” While the marine environment may be detrimentally affected by a changing climate, many also look to the oceans for solutions.

             “Over the last decade, a sea change has occurred. We are living on a planet undergoing rapid change,” said Koch-Rose. “Although detecting significant increases in global temperature under the shadow of highly variable weather data is problematic, past environments clearly indicate a strong relationship between increased atmospheric carbon dioxide and higher global temperatures. Our planet is greater than 70 percent ocean, thus the effects of climate shifts are currently reverberating through the marine environment.”  

Koch-Rose joined the FAU faculty in 1996, and is frequently invited to present seminars and lectures both nationally and internationally.  

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. The reception that follows the program is made possible by the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or patsyj@fau.edu.

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