Gulf Oil Spill Impact on Florida

UM Experts:

Ira Sheskin, is a professor of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Sheskin is a human geographer with interests in ethnic geography (particularly American Jews), the Middle East, quantitative methods and urban geography. As part of the statewide assessment for Visit Florida, he conducted a study in 2004 on the impacts hurricanes have on tourism.

Phone: 305-284-6693
Cell: 954-558-2933

Terri A. Scandura, Ph.D., is a professor of Management at the University of Miami School of Business Administration and also serves as the dean of Graduate Education at the University of Miami. Her specialty areas include organizational behavior and leadership and motivation. Her research focuses on work relationships—enhancing personal and organizational performance, including supervisor-subordinate relationships, mentoring, teams and networks. She received a BBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. 
Phone: 305- 284-3746

Arun Sharma, Ph.D., is the Vice Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Chairman at the University of Miami School School of Business Administration. His areas of expertise include marketing strategies and productivity; industry and paradigm shifts; firm-level value creation and management; and one-to-one marketing strategies. He received a Bachelor of Engineering from Ragastan University, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Phone: 305-284-1770

Harold R. Wanless, Ph.D., is chairman and a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is available to discuss effects of hurricanes on coastal environments, coastal erosion and post hurricane recovery processes.  He has an active research program documenting hurricane effects on coastal environments; and also documenting the geologic and historical evolution of the coastal and shallow marine environments, and influences of sea level rise and anthropogenic stresses. Dr. Wanless chairs the science committee for the Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force.

Phone: 305-284-4253

Oil Spills and Environmental Disasters (General)

Hans C. Graber, chair and a professor in the Division of Applied Marine Physics at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and director of the UM Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS). The center is one of only two in the U.S. Dr. Graber is using real-time satellite images to monitor the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. He is available to speak about the size and direction of the oil spill.

Office: (305) 421-4952

Harold R. Wanless, chair and professor in the Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. Dr. Wanless is available to talk about the possible effects of the oil spill in the coastal environments.
Wanless is an expert in coastal dynamics. He studies the role of changing sea level and stresses on coastal systems. Ocean currents link the widely spaced coastlines of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, east coast of Florida and the Bahamas. Surface waters and pollutants from the Caribbean Sea discharge into the Gulf of Mexico between Cuba and Yucatan. This current commonly heads northwards, well into the Gulf and then loops clockwise and south to exit the Gulf through the Florida Straits. The surface waters in the Gulf of Mexico eventually discharge into the Atlantic through the Florida Straits, influencing our reefs and coastal environments.

Office:  (305) 284-4253

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