Eminent Scholar Lecturers (4)

Ruoying He--NC State University

Ruoying He--NC State University

April 6, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Eminent Scholar

Seminar Title - "Gulf Stream Varibility and its impacts on regional circulation and marine biogeochemical processes"

Biography:
Dr. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University. His research expertise spans from coastal circulation dynamics, air-sea interaction, to biophysical interactions. As the director of the Ocean Observing and Modeling Group, he conducts coastal ocean observations, remote sensing data analyses, and also leads the development of prediction models of ocean circulation, air-sea-wave interactions, physical-biogeochemical couplings, as well as data assimilation.

Dr. He served as an Associated Editor for Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, and as a guest editor for Ocean Dynamics. He also serves on the editorial boards of several other scientific journals and on the organizing committees of several major international science meetings. He is the vice-chair (chair) of Gordon Research Conference on Coastal Ocean Dynamics in 2015 (2017). He is presently also a member of UNOLS Ocean Observing Science Committee, a member of Integrated Ocean Observing System- National Modeling Steering Team, and a science team member of International GODAE OceanView project.

Lee Kump--Penn State

Lee Kump--Penn State

April 6, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Eminent Scholar
Seminar Title - “Lessons from the Past to Guide Decisions for the Future”

Biography:
Professor Ph.D., South Florida, 1986

Research Interests:
Biogeochemical Cycles
Environmental Biogeochemistry
Atmosphere/Ocean Evolution

David Mearns--Blue Water Recoveries

David Mearns--Blue Water Recoveries

April 7, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Eminent Scholar
Seminar Title - “The Art and Science of Shipwreck and Air Crash Investigations”

Biography:
David Mearns OAM is one of the World’s most experienced and successful deep-sea shipwreck hunters. Over his 25-year career he has led the research and discovery of 21 major shipwrecks achieving an overall success rate of 88% (partial listing below). In both shallow and deep water David and BWR have set new standards for the location of lost ships, proving that anything lost at sea – no matter how old or how deep – can be found.

In October 2010 David was awarded a prestigious Maritime Fellowship Award by the UK-based Maritime Foundation for an outstanding lifetime contribution in a particular maritime field. In November of the same year David was awarded an honorary Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to Australia by locating and filming the wrecks of HMAS Sydney II and AHS Centaur.

David was inducted into the Weehawken High School Academic of Fame in 2003. In October 2011 he received the University of South Florida’s Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his career achievements and service to the University. This award is chosen annually from over 250,000 past graduates of USF.

David is a Chartered Marine Scientist and fellow of the Marine Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology, the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. He has carried the prestigious Explorers Club Flag on 8 separate at-sea expeditions, authored two books and dozens of articles and is regularly featured in documentaries made for television.

AHS Centaur – a Hospital Ship illegally sunk by a Japanese

HMAS Sydney – the greatest maritime mystery in Australian history

Kormoran – a German raider scuttled after defeating HMAS Sydney

HMS Hood - flagship of the Royal Navy sunk by the Bismarck

Esmeralda – a Portuguese Nau from the 1503 fleet of Vasco da Gama

Rio Grande – the deepest shipwreck ever found at 5,762 metres

Derbyshire – the largest shipping loss in British maritime history Lucona – a cargo ship sunk by a time bomb that murdered its crew

Karen Steidinger--FWRI

Karen Steidinger--FWRI

April 7, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Eminent Scholar
Seminar Title - “70 Years of Red Tide Research: Similar Questions , Bigger Tool Box”

Biography:
Section Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms

Education
B.A. Zoology, University of South Florida
M.A. Marine Science, University of South Florida
Ph.D. Biology, University of South Florida

Research Interests: Systematics and biology of extant dinoflagellates, particularly harmful species and their adaptations

Current Activity: I am currently completing a “Guide to the Harmful Algae of the Gulf of Mexico” with my colleagues’ help. The guide is the final product of an Environmental Protection Agency grant and will be available as a free, downloadable document. I am also writing systematic reviews of several HAB genera and preparing teaching materials for HAB identification workshops.