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Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science

Ocean Acidification: A Global Problem with Local Impacts

Richard FeelyPresented by Richard A. Feely, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist,
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Thursday, October 30, 2014
College of Law Courtroom

2014 Austin Distinguished Lecture with Richard Feely

College of Science 9th Annual Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science with Dr. Richard Feely Oct. 30, 2014. Dr. Feely is from the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle and presented on "Ocean Acidification: A Global Problem with Local Impacts" in the UI College of Law Courtroom.

Dr. Richard A. Feely is a NOAA Senior Fellow at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification processes. He earned his Ph.D. in 1974 at Texas A&M University. He has authored more than 240 refereed research publications. Dr. Feely was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Award in 2006 for research on ocean acidification and was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2007.

Recent studies have demonstrated that increased concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the oceans can cause significant changes in marine organisms. Dr. Feely will discuss the present and future implications of increased CO2 levels on the health of our ocean ecosystems and related ocean-based economies.

The Austin Lecture

The Austin Lecture is funded by the Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Memorial Endowment, which was established by the family and friends of the Austins in 1987. Bob Austin graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1934. He was a long-time supporter of the university and a founder of the College of Mines and Earth Resources Constituent Alumni Association (C2A2). All three of the Austins’ children earned degrees from the University of Idaho, and two grandchildren are alumni as well.

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Past Lectures

  • Peter Donnelly, Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
  • Jill Seaman, Infectious Disease Physician, MacArthur Fellows
  • John L. Phillips, retired, NASA Astronaut
  • Carolyn Porco, Adjunct Professor, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado in Boulder
  • Susan L. Brantley Professor, Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University


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