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Dr. Andrew Baker to Speak at World Wildlife Fund

Assistant Professor at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Will Discuss Adaptive Strategies for Dealing with Climate Change in Coral Reefs

WASHINGTON DC, July 8, 2009 – Dr. Andrew Baker, Assistant Professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami, will speak on “Intervention Conservation in the Marine Tropics: Coral Reefs, Complex Adaptive Systems and Climate Change” at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.  The lecture is part of the Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Seminar series, which brings distinguished scientists from a variety of fields to Washington, D.C. to present cutting edge research of central importance to international conservation. 

Dr. Baker’s research and teaching focuses on the effects of climate change on coral reef ecosystems. Over the past dozen years, his studies, involving field and experimental work in some two dozen countries worldwide, have helped illustrate the adaptive capacity of corals to the impacts of climate change, such as rising sea temperatures, and how scientists might be able translate these findings into conservation tools.

After coming to the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship, Dr. Baker was a Predoctoral Fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Doctoral Fellow of the Australian Museum.  He worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society in the New York Aquarium (1999-2000) and Global Marine Program (2001-2005). In 2005 he returned to the University of Miami, where he currently chairs the Internal Advisory Committee of the National Center for Coral Reef Research. He has authored over 30 scientific articles on coral reefs, including four in the journal Nature (1997, 2001, 2002, 2004) that explore the potential for reef coral ecosystems to respond to environmental changes.  He is the winner of a 2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.

Dr. Baker has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Miami, and a B.A. degree from Cambridge University with a Double First in Natural Sciences.

When: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (lecture); 5:30 – 6:30 (reception), Thursday, July 9, 2009Where:World Wildlife Fund, Russell Train Conference Center, 1250 24th St. NW (between M and N streets). Admission is free: Click here for a Map.Registration at:
fuller/item1816.htmlWho:Dr. Andrew Baker, Assistant Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami.

This lecture is funded through the Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund, which honors Kathryn S. Fuller, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund from 1989 to 2005.