Press Release for Thursday, August 28, 2008

UNF Coastal Biology Program Launches New Fall Lecture Series

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The Coastal Biology Program at the University of North Florida will host the Sol and Leslie Brotman public lecture series this fall, beginning with the inaugural lecture at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the University Center on campus. All lectures are oriented to the general public and are free.

Dr. Nancy Rabalais, executive director and professor at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, will kick-off the series with her lecture on the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. She discovered an area in the northern Gulf of Mexico where the bottom waters are devoid of life. The public is invited to hear her experiences and share her insight into these dramatic changes occurring in the Gulf.

Her research interests include biological oceanography, estuarine and benthic ecology, integration of science and policy, environmental physiology and benthic processes. Rabalais received her doctoral degree in zoology from the University of Texas and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Texas A and I University.

Other scheduled lectures in the series include the husband-and-wife team Dr. Chuck Amsler and Maggie Amsler from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They spend each winter in and under the ice in the Antarctic Ocean. The duo will discuss the fantastic world under Antarctic ice at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the University Center.

Marine mammals are the passion of Dr. Ann Pabst, assistant chair in the Department of Biology and Marine Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She will discuss how these huge mammals, who descended from ancestors that lived on land, managed to survive in the marine environment. Her lecture will be held at the University Center on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m.

For more information about the Sol and Leslie Brotman public lecture series, contact Christy Crace, UNF Coastal Biology Program, at (904) 620-2830.