‘Climate Change Today and Tomorrow’ is topic of annual oceanography lecture at URI Apr. 11

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – March 26, 2008 – Margaret Leinen, chief science officer of Climos, Inc., a company leveraging natural processes to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, will present the annual Charles and Marie Fish Lecture in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island on Friday, Apr. 11 at 3:30 p.m.

The free public lecture, entitled “Climate Change Today and Tomorrow: Where Do We Go From Here?” will be held in the Coastal Institute Auditorium on URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Leinen’s lecture will explore the solutions that have been proposed for climate change mitigation, the degree to which these solutions address the carbon emissions problem, and research into capturing carbon directly from the atmosphere.

Prior to joining Climos, Leinen was the assistant director for geosciences at the National Science Foundation and directed the Foundation’s environmental research and education programs. Previously she was dean of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and vice provost for marine and environmental programs at URI.

As a researcher, Leinen studied paleo-oceanography and paleo-climatology, focusing on ocean sediments and their relationship to global biogeochemical cycles and the history of the Earth’s climate. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America.

The annual Charles and Marie Fish Lecture is supported by income from the Charlie and Bobbie Fish Endowment for Oceanography. The Fish’s established URI’s first marine biological program in 1935, as well as a graduate program in oceanography at the Narragansett Marine Laboratory, which later became the Graduate School of Oceanography.

For more information about the lecture, call the URI Office of Marine Programs at 401-874-6211 or visit www.gso.uri.edu/outreach/fish-lecture .