Sargassum Issues and Solutions
Tuesday, July 30 2019
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149, USA
Sargassum is an important environmental resource, but it is impacting several communities in Florida and around the world.
Join us to learn about and discuss sargassum’s benefits and issues, and solutions to help alleviate problems in environmentally conscious ways.
Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides
Presentation Title: Macroalgal blooms: unpredictable global, regional and local challenges that needs intelligent coordinated responses.
Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides is a marine botanist working at Florida International University; her research emphasis is on subtropical and tropical marine macroalgae, including ecological and floristic approaches. Her studies are on seagrass and reef ecosystems in South Florida and the Mexican Caribbean.
Her group monitors the organic and inorganic carbon contribution by Halimeda and Penicillus along a salinity and nutrient gradient, as part of the Florida Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program. She has been working with BBAP and Miami Dade County following the Anadyomene green macroalgal bloom in Biscayne Bay. Her groups is now conducting a monitoring program and is addressing impacts of the pelagic Sargassum species in South Florida and the Caribbean. Her group has also developed a Citizen Science monitoring network of Sargassum landings in South Florida and an international network of experts working on Sargassum. She teaches marine biology and management of coastal ecosystems, particularly in Marine Protected Areas.
Professor Maria J Olascoaga
Maria Josefina Olascoaga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the Rosenstiel School. Her research focuses on the study of transport and mixing in the ocean. She has contributed to make the modern dynamical systems concept of Lagrangian Coherent Structures widely recognized by the international oceanographic community through her publications and meeting presentations, and the organization of scientific meetings and workshops.
Olascoaga teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Physical Oceanography, Introduction to Marine Science, Modeling of Physical-Biological Interactions, and Lagrangian Fluid Dynamics and Predictability. She advises graduate students in the Ocean Sciences program.
Jan Hoven - Elastec
Mr. Jan Hoven is a Business Development Manager with Elastec, and a specialist in the Global Oil Spill Control business. He has over 30 years of experience in the use, maintenance and repair of oil containment booms, skimmers and pump systems for oil recovery on water. He has worked with several industries, including military branches, government agencies, response stations, oil companies and port authorities in more than 120 countries worldwide.