Ocean acidification: the good, the bad, and the ugly


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Date: Thursday, June 10 2021
Time: 1:10 – 2 p.m. (ET)
Location: Virtual Programs

Title: Ocean Acidification: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

featuring John Kessler, PhD
moderated by Katherine Gregory

The oceans are a significant absorber of greenhouse gases released due to human activities as well as the heat retained in the Earth system from their increased concentrations. From one point of view, this is good since it helps to mitigate the direct impacts of our modern global climate change. However, this absorption is not without its consequences, some of which include ocean acidification, the ocean’s ability to further remove atmospheric greenhouse gases, and additional ocean acidification feedback mechanisms. This talk will explore these topics presenting and discussing modern data on ocean acidification and greenhouse gas dynamics, and the impact on our society.

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Speaker bios for the Ocean Acidification lecture:

John Kessler, PhD
John Kessler is professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester. He joined Rochester’s faculty in 2012 from Texas A&M University, where he had conducted headline-grabbing research on the after effects of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kessler’s research and teaching focuses on chemical oceanography, climate change science, and isotope geochemistry. He is driven to conduct this research by a desire to quantify feedbacks associated with global climate change. In recognition of his contributions to undergraduate education, Kessler won the Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2015. He earned his MS and PhD degrees from the University of California Irvine.

Katherine Gregory
Katherine (Katie) Gregory is a second year PhD student in Professor Kessler’s Lab for Ocean Biogeochemistry. A Rochester native, she earned a B.S. in Marine Sciences from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University and worked in Oregon for a short while as a shellfish biologist before returning home for graduate work. She aims to study greenhouse gas dynamics in rivers, quantifying the flux of methane and CO2 from water to atmosphere.

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