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Spring 2015


Dr. Anthony Aveni
Calendars, Astronomy, and Math at the ‘Xultun Maya Institute of Advanced Study’

January 15, 2015
Thursday at 3:30 pm
Abess Center, Room 230 C/D

Dr. Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distingished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies at Colgate University

Recently discovered inscriptions dated to the 9th CE on the wall of the abandoned building at a Classic Maya site in Guatemala hold clues to how the Maya predicted eclipses, and can be linked with calculations that appear in eclipse tables found in written documents dated 600 years later.

This lecture is sponsored by the University of Miami Department of Anthropology and Physics and the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.


Gregory Ives
Sustainable Development of Azuero, Panama:
Fostering Conservation Research and Educational Opportunities

January 20, 2015
Tuesday at 3 pm
Abess Center, Room 230 C/D

Greg Ives works for IM-KM, an international firm focused on design, sustainability, and project management. His focus is the firm’s primary project, a sustainable development project on the Azuero Peninsula of Panama, of which he is the Sustainability Manager. The project’s vision is to be a world-class model of sustainable development on the Azuero, characterized by environmental conservation, community engagement, and exceptional sustainable-living.


 Shark vulnerability to fishery interactions: assessing ecological, physiological, and social agents of risk
Austin Gallagher
Ph.D. Public Dissertation Defense

January 23, 2015
Friday at 2 pm
Abess Center, Room 230 C/D

Austin Gallagher will be publicly defending his Ph.D. dissertation.  This is the first publicly defended Ph.D. in the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy’s doctorate program.   Austin will be the second Ph.D. graduated from the program.  His Chairman is Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, Director of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program.


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Environmental Science and Policy Beyond the Academy

A workshop presented by SEEDS and the Abess Center

Friday, February 27, 2015
8:15 AM to 4 PM (lunch provided)
Ungar 230 C/D

The workshop will provide students and faculty at the University of Miami a chance to explore career options beyond traditional academia. Five panelists will share how they have used their Ph.D. to launch impactful careers working in local government, non-profits, policy, and the private sector. Half of the day will be dedicated to interactions between panelists and attendees. It is tailored for graduate students working in interdisciplinary areas such as environmental science and policy, but all are invited to attend.

To participate in the student research poster session, please email:


Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D.
Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience
*2015 Reitmeister Award Recipient

Luke Dollar, Ph.D.
Conservation Biologist
National Geographic Big Cat Initiative

Rebecca Martone, Ph.D.
Ecosystem Health Program Lead
Center for Ocean Solutions & Stanford University

Shali Mohleji, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Fellow
American Meteorological Society
Policy Program

Vera Agostini, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
The Nature Conservancy Global Marine Team


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anthropoScene: Art and Nature in an Manufactured Era

Exhibition March 4 to 24, 2015


anthropoScene is a multi-faceted exhibition that features 11 artists who engage with the environment and environmental themes in multiple mediums, including video, sculpture, photography, painting, organic materials, and found objects.   Deborah Mitchell, Executive Director of AIRIE and curator of the exhibition, says “It is important to expose the community to the interpretation of artists whose work addresses the vast concept of an anthropogenic era.  When science and art collide an exciting atmosphere emerges which inspires discovery and growth.  This project is set apart from other exhibitions due to the dynamic workshop offered by these innovative thinkers.”

Artists: Daniel Dugas, Felice Grodin, Valerie LeBlanc, Lucinda Linderman, Susan Silas, Skip Snow, Keith Waddington

Exhibition March 4 – 24
CAS Gallery. 1210 Stanford Drive. Coral Gables, FL

Panel Discussion March 4  9am-12pm
Ungar Building 230 C/D. 1365 Memorial Drive

Lunch/Gallery Tour March 4 12:30-1:30 pm
CAS Gallery. 1210 Stanford Drive. Coral Gables, FL

Workshops March 4 2-5 pm
CAS Gallery. 1210 Stanford Drive. Coral Gables, FL

Opening Reception March 4 5:30-7:30 pm
CAS Gallery. 1210 Stanford Drive. Coral Gables, FL



Premiere Showing of Islands of Creation from Day’s Edge Productions

Photographer and Filmmaker Neil Losin and his partner Nate Dappen at Day’s Edge Productions are premiering their new film Islands of Creation here at the University of Miami. The film focuses on speciation in the Solomon Islands where Dr. Al Uy has conducted his research.

April 23, 2015 at 6:30pm
UM Cosford Cinema
5030 Brunson Dr #227
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida
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