Communicating ocean acidification can challenge scientists and educators given the complexity of the chemistry and the often-intangible nature of its impacts. While global ocean acidification describes the changes to water chemistry from atmospheric carbon dioxide, coastal acidification also factors in land-use change, eutrophication and other coastal processes. The Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network and the Ocean Conservancy have worked together to communicate acidification with industry, government, resource management and scientific stakeholders in the U.S. Southeast. In this webinar, we will discuss methods and opportunities to communicate coastal acidification with lessons learned from stakeholder concerns and outreach in the U.S. Southeast.
|Presented by: Leslie Wickes, Southeast Ocean & Coastal Acidification Network& Ryan Ono, The Ocean Conservancy
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Leslie Wickes is the project manager for the Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN), a catchall role to coordinate acidification efforts in the U.S. Southeast. She works under the umbrella of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) and coordinates workshops throughout the Southeast to solicit acidification data and information needs from a diversity of stakeholders. Prior to this role she served as a digital communication analyst for NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program and in deep-sea research for six years with NOAA's Deep Sea Coral Ecology Laboratory.
From fishing boats to oyster farms to Capitol Hill, Ryan Ono helps fishermen, shellfish growers, non-profit groups and scientists fight ocean acidification using individual actions and marine policy. As the Ocean Acidification Program Manager at Ocean Conservancy based in Washington, DC, his work further includes communicating the science of acidification, and supporting commercial industry voices on this global environmental threat at the state, national and international levels.