Climate Change in Florida: Risks and Resilience

february, 2022

18feb10:30 am11:50 amClimate Change in Florida: Risks and Resilience


(Friday) 10:30 am - 11:50 am


USF Student Center

200 6th Ave S

Event Details

What are the differences between Florida weather and climate change? What are the ecological threats to the state and what is Florida’s Resilience Plan?

Panel Discussion Moderated by Ann Morrison


Speakers for this event

  • Ann Morrison

    Ann Morrison

    Ann Morrison is a former editor for Time Inc. magazines in New York (Fortune), Hong Kong (Asiasweek) and London (Time). She has also taught journalism in the Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing and at Sciences-Po in Paris. She is an advisory board member of the American Library in Paris and continues to freelance for various publications.

  • Elizabeth Alvi

    Elizabeth Alvi

    Senior Director of Policy at Audubon Florida with over 20 years of experience in water quality, environmental resource management and planning in public, private and academic sectors.

  • Gary Mitchum

    Gary Mitchum

    Gary Mitchum is presently a Professor of Physical Oceanography and the Associate Dean in the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. He received his PhD from the Department of Oceanography at the Florida State University in 1984, and spent 11 years in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii as a member of the research faculty and the Director of the University of Hawaii Sea Level Center. He has published on a wide variety of topics in ocean physics, but his research interests primarily emphasize short-term climate variability, ranging from season-to-season changes to year-to-year changes to long-term sea level rise. Over the past decade or so he has spent a substantial amount of time advising local, regional and state decision makers and practitioners on sea level change issues.

  • Grant Gilmore

    Grant Gilmore

    Growing up in Michigan Meteorologist Grant Gilmore was introduced to dynamic weather at an early age. It was this exposure to harsh winter storms, severe thunderstorms and the calm that exists in between that piqued his fascination with the weather. Grant graduated from the University of North Carolina Asheville with a focus in weather forecasting. Grant is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist with the American Meteorological Society and got his start in television in Central Georgia where he covered numerous tornado outbreaks. From there he travelled north to Greensboro, North Carolina where he forecasted everything from hurricanes to devastating winter storms. It was his coverage of one of those winter storms that earned him his first Emmy Award. After spending 8 years at WFMY News 2, five as the Chief Meteorologist, Grant has been the morning meteorologist at 10 Tampa Bay since 2017. Through his career Grant has developed a reputation for going beyond the basic forecast to explain the science that drives the weather that impacts our lives every day. Grant earned another Emmy in 2018 for his unique ability to communicate and simplify sometimes complicated science and weather concepts. He was also recently nominated for an Emmy for his reporting on climate change and its impact on tropical cyclones and the threats they produce. When Grant is not tracking the weather he is looking for the next opportunity to spend time in the weather with his wife Liz and two daughters Finley and Rowen.

  • Jaclyn Lopez

    Jaclyn Lopez

    Jaclyn Lopez, Florida Director and Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity, is a Florida native and holds a master of laws degree in environmental and land-use law from the University of Florida, a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Arizona. Jaclyn coordinates campaigns in the Southeast and Caribbean, focusing on protecting imperiled species and ecosystems. She has presented, published, and taught courses on the environment and climate crisis.

  • Marisa Corrozzo

    Marisa Corrozzo

    Marisa Carrozzo is Senior Coastal & Wildlife Program Manager with the Sun Coast Region of National Parks Conservation Association and is a regional leader on key policy issues affecting national parks and their connected ecosystems in Florida, Louisiana, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Marisa has over a decade of experience in natural resources policy, including Everglades restoration, environmentally-sensitive lands preservation, water quality regulations and restoration plans, imperiled wildlife, and coastal resource protection. Marisa is an elected member of the Board and Co-Chair of the Everglades Coalition, an alliance of over 60 organizations supporting the restoration and protection of America’s Everglades.

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