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The Heat is On!: Climate Change and Coral Reef Ecosystems

Dr. Dwight Gledhill
Dr. Gledhill Dr. Gledhill recently became an associate scientist with the University of Miami’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies and works with the NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Ocean Chemistry Division. Previously he served as an IMSG contractor at NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) and has worked on product development addressing the emerging issue of ocean acidification's impact on coral reefs. In 2005, he received a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from Texas A&M where his research primarily focused on carbonate mineral kinetics in complex chemical environments applicable to the implementation of carbon sequestration technologies. In 2001 he received an M.S. from A&M also in oceanography where he investigated the geochemistry of gas hydrates in Northern Gulf of Mexico which can be a major geo-contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. C. Mark Eakin
Dr. C. Mark Eakin Dr. Eakin serves as an Oceanographer in the NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research. A coral reef specialist, with a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Miami, Dr. Eakin is Coordinator of NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch program, an effort focused on the monitoring of coral reef ecosystems through satellite, in situ, and paleoenvironmental observations.

Dr. Eakin has worked for NOAA since 1991. From 2000-2005, Dr. Eakin directed NOAA Paleoclimatology (part of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center), and was Director of the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology in Boulder, CO. Prior to that, he was a program manager for the NOAA Office of Global Programs in Silver Spring, MD, funding and coordinating research to improve our understanding of climate variability in the past, how to predict it in the future and the influence of climate variability and change on our environment.

Dr. Eakin received his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Miami in 1991 specializing in coral reef ecology, especially the impact of El Niño on eastern Pacific coral reefs. Dr. Eakin’s research is in coral reef ecology and carbonate budgets, and has performed research on various topics including the effects of disturbance such as climate change, El Niño and oil spills on coral reefs, and the behavior of marine organisms. He was heavily involved in developing the International and U.S. Coral Reef Initiatives and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN). He recently chaired the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the GCRMN. In 2004, Dr. Eakin co-chaired a 7 part series of symposia on “Coral Reefs and Global Change” at the 10th International Coral Reef Symposium in Okinawa and is currently coordinating collection of data from the 2005 Caribbean coral bleaching event.

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