Goodall Inspires UM Grad Students, Grads Alike

Jane Goodall

Coconut Grove, Fla. — November 16, 2011 — A group of former and current UM students were on hand at the Continuity Forum hosted by the Americas Business Council this week in Coconut Grove, Fla.  The keynote speaker, Dr. Jane Goodall spoke about the rainforest, and our need to preserve this natural resource for not only chimpanzees which are our closest mammal relatives, but also for humans, which now exceed seven million in number. During her lecture she spoke about the reasons she still has great hope, including: young people, the resilience of nature, the human brain and the indomitable human spirit. 

She also discussed the Roots & Shoots program, which is about making positive change happen—for our people, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe.  

During the planet-themed day, Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science also spoke, discussing his scientific research in the Amazon, which focused on precipitation and used a helicopter observation platform to gather data.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

Jane Goodall

Above: (L-R) Lauren Ordway, RCCL Sustainability Analyst and UM Rosenstiel School Alum; Ian McKeown, UM Sustainability Coordinator; Dr. Jane Goodall; Katie Crosley, UM Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy student; Stephanie Demars, RCCL Research Associate and UM student pose for a photo after Dr. Goodall recruits them to join Roots & Shoots.

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