Oceans: Protecting Our Lives and Livelihood

Naples Community Event Oct. 29 – 30 Sheds Light on Science and Outcomes of Oil Spill


NAPLES, Fla. — October 15, 2010 — Scientists from University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science have joined forces with Naples community leaders including Mayor Bill Barnett, Naples Deputy Fire Chief Mike Swanson and Chief Steve McInerny, Florida Gulf Coast University Professor Jose Barreto, City of Naples Environmentalists Mike Bauer and Katie Laakkonen, and Collier County Sea Grant Agent Bryan Fluech to host a conference regarding the science and studies of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which threatened our coasts earlier this year.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by Naples Community Hospital and UM.  It will take place October 29-30 at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. RSVPs by October 25 are required, as seating is limited.

Faculty members Roni Avissar, Jerry Ault, Nick Shay and Gregor Eberli from UM’s world-renowned Rosenstiel School will be on hand to share their unique perspectives and work on the oil spill.  Keynote speaker Mitchell Roffer, president of ROFFSª and a UM alumnus, will discuss his efforts throughout the disaster to track the spill using satellite oceanography and the potential impacts the spill may have on Atlantic Bluefin Tuna which spawn in the region and are a commercially important species. 

This educational conference brings together great minds that have dealt with this unprecedented ecological disaster first-hand. It will be both informational and entertaining, and serve as an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas about, not only this environmental catastrophe, but others – whether manmade or natural -- that might impact Florida’s waterways and coasts.

Kindly RSVP to or call 305-421-4061 for additional information.

Community event sheds light on science and applications of what we have learned from oil spill

Experts will share their efforts regarding the oil spill
Free community conference on our oceans and the science of the oil spill, includes continental breakfast and lunch
Educational opportunity to hear from those involved in responding to and studying the spill
Naples Beach Hotel & Country Club
Oct. 29-30, Friday 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Please contact or call 304-421-4704>
Seating is limited, RSVP required.

Barbra Gonzalez
UM Rosenstiel School

oil spill •  dr. roni avissar •  dr. nick shay •  dr. gregor eberli •  deepwater horizon •  education •  dr. jerald ault •