The Coming Reality of Sea Level Rise: Too Fast Too Soon

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Presentation  |  April 9

The reality of accelerating rates of sea level rise as the result of human-induced global warming is becoming increasingly dire and urgently needs to be addressed. Join us to learn more about how climate change will affect South and Central Florida in the future and what you can do to be a part of the solution.


Dr. Harold R. Wanless is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences and was Cooper Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences 2010-2013. From 1971-1992 he was a faculty member in Marine Geology and Geophysics at RSMAS, and in Geological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences since 1992. Since joining the University of Miami, he and his students have been studying the dynamics and evolution of tropical shallow marine and coastal environments of south Florida and the Bahamas.

Especially important to this research has been documenting the influence of changing sea level and catastrophic events, such as hurricanes. They are now using this understanding to better predict the future of our coastal environments in the face of global warming and project future rates of sea level rise.

He completed a B.A. in Geology at Princeton University in 1964 with a Thesis on the Beach Sands of Molokai, Hawaii. His M.S. degree was in Marine Geology and Geophysics at the University of Miami in 1967 with a Thesis on “Holocene Sediments and Paleo-Environmental Evolution of Biscayne Bay, Florida” (in part refining the post-glacial sea level rise towards its present position).

His Ph.D. in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University was completed in 1973 with a Dissertation on the “Geology and Paleo-environmental Reconstruction of the Cambrian sedimentary Sequences of Grand Canyon, Arizona” (a study of the sedimentary record in a time of natural sea level cycles). Dr. Wanless also chairs the science committee for the Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force.

The lecture series frequently sells out. We encourage you to reserve your seat for any of the upcoming presentations. To attend, please pre-register for the event by emailing Sophia Navarra at sophian@conservancy.org or by calling 239.403.4207. You will receive either an email or verbal confirmation of your reservation. If you do not receive a confirmation, we do not have you registered, please contact us again for confirmation. We stop accepting reservations after 3:00PM the day of the presentation.

Doors open at 5:30 PM. Program starts at 6 PM.

full list of 2019 Presenters

Dr. Jeff Schmid | Evenings at the Conservancy

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles

Dr. Jeff Schmid

Conservancy Research Manager

Marisa Carrozzo | Evenings at the Conservancy

Western Everglades

Kathy worley &
Marisa Carrozzo

Conservancy Science Director &
Conservancy Senior Policy Specialist

Dr. Jerry Jackson | Evenings at the Conservancy


Dr. Jerry Jackson

Professor Emeritus of Ecological Sciences, FGCU


Joanna Fitzgerald | Evenings at the Conservancy

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Joanna Fitzgerald

Director, von Arx Wildlife Hospital

Dr. Harold Wanless | Evenings at the Conservancy

Sea Level Rise

Dr. Harold Wanless

University of Miami | Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences


Dr. Vince Lovko | Evenings at the Conservancy

Algae Blooms

Dr. Vince Lovko

Mote Marine | Manager of the Phytoplankton Ecology Program


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