Researcher to Discuss Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia "Dead Zone" at Iowa State

March 28th, 2003

Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium will present a seminar titled "Beyond Science Into Policy: Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia" at Iowa State University on April 2.

The seminar will begin at 3 p.m. in 1010 LeBaron Hall. Rabalais, a professor at the consortium, will present a second seminar on related water quality issues at 4 p.m. April 3 in the same location.

Rabalais' research has documented the existence and impact of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone. She works to increase national attention to nutrient over-enrichment in the coastal region influenced by the Mississippi River Basin. Her research includes the dynamics of hypoxic environments and interactions of large rivers with the coastal ocean. She chairs the National Research Council's Ocean Studies Board and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The seminars are part of the Iowa State University's Science and Policy Seminar Series supported by the Global Agricultural Science and Policy Initiative through an endowment to the agronomy department. Other cosponsors are: the National Soil Tilth Laboratory; the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; ecology, the evolution and organismal biology seminar series; the environmental science and environmental studies undergraduate programs; and the water resources graduate program.

Contacts: 

Laura C. Merrick, Botany, (515) 294-4033
Melea Reicks Licht, Agronomy, (515) 294-1890