Univ. of Miami Students Participate with Policymakers in IUCN Tuna, Billfish Meeting

University of Miami graduate students and faculty in front of the IGFA Hall of Fame after the meeting. Students: Neal Asthana, James Baros, Robert Jones, Dominique Lazarre, Maharaj Ravi, Bruce Pohlot, Akihiro Shiroza and Joaquin Zabalo. Faculty members: Beth Babcock and David Dié.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A group of students and faculty from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School attended the tuna and billfish workshop held by the International Union of the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Fort Lauderdale last week.  Professionals attending the workshop at the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame were the world specialists in these species. After a ‘Red Risk’ review process is completed in November 2011, this body will publish its findings and make modifications to the IUCN Red List of endangered species.

Dr. David Dié, a UM faculty member and one of the members of the IUCN panel of experts attending the meeting said: “This was a great chance for our graduate students to learn about the process scientists use to make determinations about the conservation status of marine species. By participating in these kind of activities students learn how science influences decision-making.”

After the workshop students were asked to complete an assignment about the process of listing species on an endangered species list.  The exercise was designed to improve the students’ personal and professional growth in the field.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School

The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.rsmas.miami.edu.

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