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    The Louisiana Connection

    50 Years of LSU Research on Corals


    Meet the Speakers

    Ruth Gates

    James W. Porter

    Dean D'Elia

    LSU Environmental Lecture Series Proudly Presents:

    Coral Reefs in Crisis


    At least half a billion people and 25 percent of marine life worldwide rely directly on healthy coral reefs for their food and livelihood. Organisms that live on coral reefs are major sources of new pharmaceuticals, including treatments for cancer, arthritis, asthma, AIDS, and other diseases. Join the discussion as experts talk about coral reefs and why they are in crisis.


    THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018coral
    6:00–7:30 p.m.      Netflix “Chasing Coral” movie screening

    7:30–7:45 p.m.      Coffee break

    7:45–8:30 p.m.      Panel discussion with personalities from the movie, moderated by Dean D'Elia                                                                    

    8:30–9:15 p.m.      Reception


    FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018

    10:00–10:45 a.m. “The Coral Reef Crisis: Revelations from a Photographic Time Machine from Jamaica"
                                       James W. Porter, Emeritus Professor, University of Georgia

    11:00–11:45 a.m. “The Coral Reef Crisis: What Can We Do?”
                                      Ruth Gates, Professor and Director, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

    12:00–12:45 p.m.   Lunch for lecture attendees

    1:00–1:45 p.m.       “Carbon dioxide and climate change – Myth or Reality?”
                                       Dr. Antonio Busalacchi, President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

    1:45—2:30 p.m.       Panel discussion moderated by Dean Chris D’Elia

    This event is made possible by the generous support of Dr. Eric Abraham!

    While the lecture series is offered free-of-charge, pre-registration is requested.

    To register: