Science on Tap

Hatfield Science on Tap has returned to its regular in-person format. The option to watch online is still available.

Wed. May 8, Onsite and Online

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Can the ocean fight climate change?

Location: Hatfield Marine Science Center, Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building, Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium

Social Hour: 5 to 6 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Talk Begins: 6 p.m.

Online Option: Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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Webinar ID: 941 3976 8308


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Dr. Rod Fujita, 2024 Hatfield Lavern Weber Prize Winner

Environmental Defense Fund, Assoc. V.P., Research and Development, Lead Senior Scientist II

Dr. Rod Fujita is a marine ecologist with experience in wetlands, coral reefs and systems ecology. He is currently studying the safety and efficacy of approaches for drawing down atmospheric carbon dioxide in order to slow the rate of climate change. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed papers and two books. He has received numerous awards for his work including the 2024 Hatfield Lavern Weber Prize.

About this Talk

There is an urgent need to dramatically reduce emissions of gases that trap heat, called greenhouse gases.  But because these gases have been emitted in such great quantities for so long, there is also an urgent need to capture and remove them from the atmosphere.  And because the ocean absorbs and stores huge amounts of one greenhouse gas -- carbon dioxide -- there are now proposals to accelerate the ocean’s ability to absorb and store even more.  

In this talk, Dr. Rod Fujita will describe some of these proposals and pose some questions: Will they work? Are they safe? Is it ethical to use the ocean in this way? These are some of the important issues that will be discussed as proposals to accelerate carbon dioxide removal by the oceans get more serious and attract more financing.


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Did you miss a talk?

If you missed a talk - no worries. We have them recorded and posted in our Science on Tap playlist on Hatfield's YouTube channel, along with dozens of research seminar presentations, video tours and more.

Science on Tap is a free, family-friendly event in a casual environment featuring a host of scientists talking about the latest ocean research.

This speaker series runs monthly from September to June. Look for new events on this page, our social media accounts, the Hatfield events calendar on the home page, or the OSU events calendar.