CERF 2021 Plenary Sessions

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3 November: Plenary 1 – Climate Change, Coastal Hotspots and Innovative Solutions
8 November: Plenary 2 – Communicating Our Science in a Rapidly Changing World

Climate Change, Coastal Hotspots and Innovative Solutions

Wednesday, 3 November 2021 

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PT


About This Plenary

Global climate change is shifting and intensifying natural gradients and variability related to warming, coastal acidification, deoxygenation, and harmful algal blooms, with consequences for species distributions, interactions, population collapse, and mass mortalities. Understanding how acidification, hypoxia, and marine heat waves are connected to biological impacts on coastal organisms is critical to informing our assessments of climate change and ocean health, marine resource vulnerability, and investigations of local mitigation and adaptation strategies. This plenary will explore these themes from the perspective of science communication, fisheries ecology, and traditional ecological knowledge.

About the Presenters

Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney is an author and science journalist who conceived and led the effort that produced the series “2°C: Beyond the Limit,” that was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He currently writes about energy and the environment at The Washington Post. He has published four books about science, politics, and climate change. He previously worked at Mother Jones, where he wrote about science and the environment and hosted a weekly podcast. Mooney spent a decade before that as a freelance writer, podcaster, and speaker, with his work appearing in Wired, Harper’s, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, to name a few. Grandson of a well-known limnologist, Chris has carved out a niche as a journalist adept at data analysis and science.

Janet Nye, Ph.D.
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Janet Nye is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina. Her research focuses on the effects of climate variability and climate change on fish, fisheries, and marine ecosystems. Specifically, she studies how climate and fishing interact to cause shifts in spatial distribution and abundance of fish and invertebrates in the Northwest Atlantic, including local fisheries in Long Island Sound and Great South Bay. Her current research seeks to understand how climate influences fish populations, trophic interactions, and the emergent properties of marine ecosystems. 

Fawn R. Sharp
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Fawn R. Sharp serves as the 23rd President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native tribal government organization in the country. She is the current Vice President of the Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Washington, after being a five term past-President. Ms. Sharp graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington at the age of 19. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington in 1995 and has subsequently received certificates from the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada, and in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University.

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Communicating Our Science in a Rapidly Changing World

Monday, 8 November 2021 

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PT


About This Plenary

Science communication has evolved from an early focus on translation of science to an emphasis on engagement and dialogue with end-users and the broader community.  This evolution has increasingly employed skills and practices centered around storytelling, visualization, and person-to-person direct engagement. Rapidly changing environmental conditions and consequent impacts on coastal communities convey an urgency to ensuring that our communication is effective, productive, responsive, and socially relevant. This plenary brings together talented science communicators working in journalism, oceanography, and education to share their experience, lessons learned, and to inspire the CERF community to embrace new models of communication and engagement.

About the Presenters

Christopher Joyce
 

Christopher Joyce is a veteran reporter for National Public Radio. For over 27 years Chris Joyce has entertained and informed NPR listeners with his science stories from around the world on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. He was part of the Radio Expeditions reporting and editing team that won the 2001 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University journalism award and the 2001 Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Joyce won the 2001 American Association for the Advancement of Science excellence in journalism award as well as the 2016 Communication Award from the National Academies of Sciences. He lives and sails on the Chesapeake Bay and is frequently involved in training scientists through COMPASS and at universities to be more effective communicators via the news media.

Dawn Wright, Ph.D.
  Dawn Wright is Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), a world-leading geographic information system (GIS) software and data science company, where she represents the company to the international scientific community and leads work on environmental, conservation, climate, and ocean sciences. She has served on many government advisory and journal editorial boards and was recently elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Dawn is also a Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University and is a former Oregon Professor of the Year.
Howard Forbes Jr.
 Photo coming soon Howard Forbes Jr. is the St. Thomas Coordinator for the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS), which operates through the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). He received his Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Science from the UVI. His research interests are focused on medicinal chemistry and mangrove ecology, and these have shaped his role as VIMAS Coordinator. He has been innovating techniques to effectively communicate science to a broad audience. He is the Director of the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program, a four-week marine science based summer program that uses the ocean as the lens through which to teach students about the importance and value of our oceans, while exploring career paths in geosciences. Howard is a native Virgin Islander whose free time is spent SCUBA diving and hiking through mangrove forests.

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