[Law-envtlcert] Environmental Certificate Enrichment Lecture Monday Sep. 28th

Whitney Borkowski wborkowski at law.fsu.edu
Mon Sep 21 08:18:55 EDT 2020


Dear Law Students interested in Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law,

Please join us in exactly one week, on Monday, September 28th from 12:30pm – 1:30pm, for our first Environmental Certificate Enrichment Lecture of the Fall semester! We will be joined by Dr. Ian R. MacDonald, Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science at Florida State University. Environmental Certificate students are encouraged to attend as this will count as one of your eight required enrichment events.

Dr. MacDonald will be presenting his lecture “The Longest Oil Spill in US History: How Hurricane Ivan Created an Environmental and Legal Dilemma”.  About this lecture: An aged oil platform was destroyed by hurricane winds and waves in 2005 and began leaking oil. More than 15 years later, the oil is still leaking while the government and the responsible party sue each other in court. Why is this type of spill so challenging?

You must register for this event. Registration can be found here<https://fsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctd-mspzooEtZg-b2yRf4w9xUGeGl2RkyV>. Feel free to email me with any questions!

[cid:image001.jpg at 01D68DD5.B0B523E0]Ian R. MacDonald, Ph.D. is Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science at Florida State University. Dr. MacDonald is an internationally recognized authority on the biology and geology of marine oil seeps with over 100 peer-reviewed articles and over 80 reports and popular articles on related topics.  His work provided the first documentation of seafloor brine pools associated with mud volcanoes and chemosynthetic communities.  His work on gas hydrates 1994 was the first to demonstrate a link between water column processes and the stability of shallow gas hydrates.  He has contributed to recent work on the biogeochemistry of gas hydrates, including the discovery of so-called ice worms.  In 2003, he was co-leader of a joint German, Mexican, U.S. expedition that discovered asphalt volcanism in the southern Gulf of Mexico.  He was a prominent voice for academic science during the Deepwater Horizon blowout and was one of the first to challenge the accuracy of official discharge rates in the early days of the emergency.

MacDonald’s research has entailed extensive use of such deep-diving submarines as Johnson Sea-Link, Alvin, and the Navy nuclear submarine NR-1.   Altogether he has spent a total of 60 continuous days at depths of 1800 feet or more in the Gulf of Mexico.  His particular interest is the application of imaging technology, satellite remote sensing, and in-situ instrumentation to marine research.   Although primarily focused on the Gulf of Mexico region, MacDonald maintains an active international perspective.  In the recent years, his research has also taken him to the Canadian Pacific, the Caspian, and the Chukchi Sea.

Zoom Details:
When: Sep 28, 2020 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://fsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctd-mspzooEtZg-b2yRf4w9xUGeGl2RkyV

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you there!

Whitney Borkowski
Executive Assistant | Dean’s Office
Florida State University College of Law
(850) 644-3401 | wborkowski at law.fsu.edu<mailto:wborkowski at fsu.edu>

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