Climate Change and the Ocean, Action, and Insight

Tuesday, January 187:00—8:30 PMVirtual

Join us for a lively conversation between evolutionary ecologist and coral reef expert, Les Kaufman, and award-winning author and ocean advocate, Liz Cunningham, moderated by Lisbeth Bornhofft, former Senior Educator at the New England Aquarium. Witness an inspiring exchange about the crucial links between our ocean and climate, what we can do to regenerate ocean ecosystems and how we can build hope for our future—for our communities and the life of the seas.

Les Kaufman is an evolutionary ecologist specializing in the biology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems. He has special expertise in coral reef biology, the evolution and ecology of tropical great lakes fishes, and ecosystem-based management of marine resources, both with particular respect to anthropogenic climate change.  As Professor of Biology in the Boston University Marine Program, and Faculty Fellow in the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, he leads BU’s interdisciplinary work on Coupled Human and Natural Systems.  His research team is currently working on ecosystem-based management and renewable energy on the US continental shelf, regenerative processes on coral reefs, and balancing biodiversity conservation with food security in Lake Victoria, East Africa.  Kaufman is active in public education and outreach, occasionally involved in the production of popular articles, television, and radio for venues such as National Geographic, Ranger Rick, and the National Public Broadcasting system. In his free time he is an avid naturalist above and below water and enjoys outdoor activities and music.

Liz Cunningham is the author of award-winning Ocean Country: One Woman’s Voyage from Peril to Hope in her Quest to Save the Seas, with a foreword by Carl Safina. Her mission is to be a voice for the life of the seas and the people who are working to save it, to inspire and empower others to join these efforts and forge a sustainable future. She writes about ocean conservation and the traits we need to be effective stewards of our seas and our planet, among them courage, an engaged hope, and our capacity to work together to implement solutions. She is currently at work on two new books, Our Breathing Earth: The Ocean, Our Breath, and What Makes Life Thrive and Compassion Unleased: The Heart of Hope.  Learn more about her work at:

Lisbeth Bornhofft is a climate activist and artist with a particular passion for the bluest part of the planet. For 25 years, she served as a Senior Educator at the New England Aquarium, focusing on the interpretation of complex topics, including overfishing, biodiversity and climate change. Lisbeth helped to develop a national network (NNOCCI), encouraging positive solutions regarding climate change and the marine environment. As a founding member of the Lexington Climate Action Network, she has continued to be deeply involved in communicating climate change issues to increase awareness and action.

This program is made possible by Cary Library in partnership with the Lexington Climate Action Network, (LexCAN).

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