USF College of Marine Science Lecture Series April 14-15

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 12, 2011) – Four of the nation’s leading scholars on aspects of ocean resources – from off-shore drilling to alternative energy to diminishing coastlines and fisheries – will provide the public with fresh insights into pervasive issues April 14 and 15 in the USF College of Marine Science’s Eminent Scholars Lecture Series.


The lectures at the Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium, 100 8th Ave., S.E., in St. Petersburg are free and open to the public.


Appearing Thursday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. is Peter R. Rose, the former branch chief of the U.S. Geological Survey, with a lecture on petroleum resources and the current status of the United States’ energy landscape. At 3:30 p.m., Stanley R. Riggs of East Carolina University will speak on North Carolina’s battle over its coastal system.


On Friday at 1:30 p.m., Daniel Pauly of the University of British Columbia will speak on the impact of fisheries and global warming on marine ecosystems and seafood harvesting. Rounding out the series at 3:15 p.m. is USF’s own Distinguished Professor of Physical Oceanography Robert Weisberg speaking on alternative power generation in Florida.


The event is presented by USF’s College of Marine Science and the U.S. Geological Survey and sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times.


For more information, call (727) 553-1130.