On February 8th, Nicole Besemer of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will discuss climate monitoring and updates from the 2023 coral bleaching event in the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas, as well as how researchers are working to study it.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://angari.org/coral-bleaching
Ocean Expert Exchange webinars delve into marine science, technology and conservation topics with subject-matter experts. Co-hosted by ANGARI Foundation and the Scientist in Every Florida School initiative, Ocean Expert Exchange events welcome audiences of all ages and include a brief presentation on the featured topic followed by Q&A with the audience. Event livestreams are accessible via Zoom (recommended – registration required) and YouTube.
SPEAKER BIO: Nicole Besemer is a marine biologist whose work focuses primarily on South Florida and Caribbean ecosystem management and conservation. With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory Coral Program, Nicole serves as the Coral Program Lab Manager and National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP)’s Caribbean Climate Operations Coordinator. Her current work focuses on the implementation of the Climate Monitoring Component of NCRMP, including the planning and operation of associated fieldwork and research trips, as well as data analysis related to how ocean acidification and global warming are affecting coral reef communities in the Atlantic and Caribbean. Prior to this, Nicole’s research efforts included invasive species management, endangered sea turtle conservation and monitoring impacts of Everglades restoration efforts on Biscayne Bay. Nicole holds a Master of Professional Science in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and Biology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.