The IGERT Seminar series- "Integrative Science for a Complex World" - An Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Exploring Coupled Human-Environment Systems" will be hosting:
Dr. Richard Murphy, Director of Science and Education, Ocean Futures Society and formerly Vice President for Science and Education of the Cousteau Society
Title: "Complexity in coral reef ecosystems and challenges for coastal development - A case study in Fiji"
Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 at 3pm
Location: 101 NEB (New Engineering Building)
Abstract: Coral reefs, along with rainforests, are the most diverse ecosystem on earth. With this diversity comes complexity and integration at many levels. This presentation will explore the many relationships and adaptations that enable reefs to thrive in oligotrophic waters. With insights from reef systems we will see how they have been used to guide sustainable development of an eco resort in Fiji.
Background Info: Richard C. Murphy received a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from the University of Southern California. He began working with Jean-Michel Cousteau and his father, Jacques Cousteau, in 1968. Since that time he has been involved in a wide variety of projects and expeditions in many remote areas around the globe. Dr. Murphy's role in these expeditions has included serving as chief scientist, photographer, writer, educator, or project director. He has participated in Cousteau expeditions conducted in such places as Papua New Guinea, Fiji Islands, the Caribbean, Indonesia, the Mekong River in SE Asia, the Amazon, Sea of Cortez, Australia and New Zealand.
Since 1973 Dr. Murphy has been involved with Jean-Michel Cousteau in the creation and implementation of field study programs for students of all ages. The objective of these programs has been to share the wonder and importance of the ocean realm with the public. Drawing on over 30 years of exploring and studying a wide variety of ecosystems and cultures, Dr. Murphy states, "I believe a better understanding of how nature works can not only promote an appreciation for the value of our natural heritage but also help guide the next generation in living more sustainably on the planet."
Julie C Padowski
Environmental Hydrology Laboratory
Soil and Water Science Dept.
PO Box 110290
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-1951 x232