Foreman Biodiversity Lecture to focus on red tide causes, solutions

Jaclyn Lopez
Jaclyn Lopez

The first Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series event of the 2021-2022 academic year will be Thursday, Aug. 26 at noon and will feature Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director and senior attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity in St. Petersburg.

Lopez’s presentation is titled “The Red Tide Blues: What’s Causing It and Where Do We Go From Here?” and will cover red tide, (a/k/a Karenia brevis) a type of algae that occurs in marine waters. It produces neurotoxins that can kill marine wildlife and make humans sick. Water pollution in the form of phosphorous and nitrogen can worsen red tide blooms. The lecture will explore what sources of water pollution may be fueling the red tide, as well as what is and is not being done about it.

Lopez 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. She coordinates campaigns in the Southeast and Caribbean, focusing on protecting imperiled species and ecosystems. She has presented, written, and taught courses on environmental law and policy issues.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit organization with offices across the country that works to use biological data, legal expertise, and the citizen petition provision of the powerful Endangered Species Act to obtain sweeping, legally binding new protections for animals, plants, and their habitat.

The Foreman Biodiversity Lecture will be a hybrid event, with the in-person portion open only to Stetson Law students. All other attendees, including the public, can watch via live webcast. The in-person session will be limited to 25 people, and lunch will be served. All interested attendees – whether in person or remote – must RSVP by Aug. 19 to [email protected].