The UVA Clubs program and the Environmental Resilience Institute invite you to join Karen McGlathery for a private conference call to discuss "Natural Solutions to Climate Change." Karen McGlathery, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Director of UVA’s Environmental Resilience Institute, and Director of the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program, will share her thoughts and will then answer live questions from the audience.
Limiting climate warming to the target set by the Paris Climate Agreements means that we have to find ways to take carbon out of the atmosphere. One key strategy is through natural systems that take up carbon dioxide and store it for decades to centuries. How can we manage, restore, and conserve natural systems like wetlands and forests to maximize this potential? UVA researchers are at the forefront of designing solutions for ‘blue’ carbon systems, like underwater seagrass meadows, that a key part of this strategy for climate mitigation.
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Karen McGlathery's research focuses on the effects of climate and land use change on coastal marine ecosystems. Her collaborative work with NGOs, universities and regional stakeholders addresses the resilience of coastal habitats, especially in the context of decisions for coastal adaptation to sea-level rise and storms. McGlathery’s group was the first to show the role of seagrass restoration in reinstating ‘blue carbon’ storage in coastal ecosystems. In addition to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, she and her students have worked in New England, Florida, Bermuda, Denmark, New Zealand and Mozambique. She teaches courses in Global Coastal Change, Coastal Resilience, Water and Watershed Resilience, Estuarine Ecology, Coastal Oceanography, and Conservation. She serves on the Board of the Foundation of the Virginia State Arboretum and the Research and Education Advisory Committee of Virginia Sea Grant. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.
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