AlumNites is a complimentary educational program sponsored by the University of Miami Alumni Association designed to offer lifelong learning opportunities to alumni and the community.
Global Climate Change and its Effect on Corals
On October 7, 2008, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Dr. Chris Langdon, associate professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and assistant director of the National Center for Caribbean Coral Reef Research, delivered a thought-provoking presentation and shared his groundbreaking research to protect and conserve corals.
A leader in studying the impact of global warming and ocean acidification on coral reefs, Langdon is co-founder of the first-of-its- kind South Florida Coral Reef and Climate Change Laboratory at the Rosenstiel School. To understand the effects of these environmental stressors, Langdon conducts studies on coral specimens in his unique lab and observes naturally occurring scenarios in the Florida Keys reef tract and other reefs in the Caribbean.
Daring to be Great
Doug Hirschhorn has a doctorate in psychology with a specialization in sport psychology, was a Division I baseball player and former trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. Hirschhorn is an expert in the field of “peak performance” and has over ten years experience as a consultant for financial institutions, hedge fund traders, professional athletes, law firms and universities throughout the world. As a regular columnist for Trader Monthly Magazine and co-author of The Trading Athlete, Hirschhorn understands what it takes to get an edge and win, and is in high demand as the face of peak performance coaching.
The Future of Florida and the Gulf Coast in the Face of Global Warming
Timothy Dixon, Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics, and Harold R. Wanless, M.S. '68, Professor and Chairman of Geological Sciences shared expert findings and discussed the dangers that rising sea levels and storm potential, resulting from global warming, present to coastal environments and their inhabitants.
Challenges to Using Science for Societal Benefit: The Case of El Nino and Peruvian Fisheries
UM alumnus Dr. Kenneth Broad, 2006 National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer award recipient. Broad’s lecture addressed the scientific and societal constraints and opportunities for applying climate predictions to both socioeconomic development and natural resource management.