Expanding Waters: Science Panel #1 – What is Climate Change and Sea Level Rise?

Join us for the first in a series of panel discussions being offered during Expanding Waters, an art exhibition by Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, that creates a story in 2 and 3 dimensions about the current state of our waters.This panel discussion aims to explain what climate change and sea level rise are and how it affects us. Art and science are partners in the creative process. Both offer different ways of expressing our understanding of our world and our lives. The panel will be hosted by artist Carol Mickett and will be made up of representatives from the Pinellas Extension as well as other environmental experts.

Carol Mickett, Artist – Mickett-Stackhouse Studio
Carol Mickett, Ph.D., is an artist and part of a collaborative art team with Robert Stackhouse. Mickett and Stackhouse make paintings, prints, and large-scale site-appropriate sculpture focusing on water, its influences, and all that influence it. Museums, private collectors, commercial developers, and public agencies commission their work. Mickett worked for over a decade in academia, holds her Ph.D. in philosophy, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated summa cum laude. Mickett received numerous grants, presents lectures, performs in theater productions, and has published essays, poems, and interviews in Canadian Philosophical Review, Hypatia, Prairie Schooner, and New Letters among others. She was the host/curator of Our Town at the Dali Museum and the host/producer of Art Radio in Kansas City, MO. She sits on the Tarpon Springs Sustainability Board, the Pinellas County Urban League Board and is, with Robert Stackhouse, the 2020 Creative Pinellas Artist Laureate.

Libby Carnahan, CC-P® (Climate Change Professional®)
Florida Sea Grant Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas CountyLibby Carnahan is the Florida Sea Grant Agent for UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County. She holds her Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential from the Association of Climate Change Officers. She is founder and co-facilitator of the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel, CSAP that covers the 7-county region. She is also an active leader and member of the Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience Community of Practice and is serving on the Program Committee for the 2022 National Adaptation Forum. Carnahan holds an MS in Marine Science from the University of South Florida (2005) and a BS in Biology from Truman State University (1998).Gary Mitchum
Associate Dean, Professor Physical Oceanography, USF College of Marine ScienceGary Mitchum is presently a Professor of Physical Oceanography and the Associate Dean in the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. He received his PhD from the Department of Oceanography at the Florida State University in 1984, and spent 11 years in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii as a member of the research faculty and the Director of the University of Hawaii Sea Level Center. He has published on a wide variety of topics in ocean physics, but his research interests primarily emphasize short-term climate variability, ranging from season-to-season changes to year-to-year changes to long-term sea level rise. Over the past decade or so he has spent a substantial amount of time advising local, regional and state decision makers and practitioners on sea level change issues.Dr. Davina Passeri, Research Oceanographer, U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science CenterDr. Davina Passeri received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Her research is concentrated in numerical modeling of tides, waves, hurricane storm surge and barrier island evolution. Her projects are focused on understanding how the coast may evolve in future under drivers such as extreme storms and sea level rise, as well as assessing restoration options to enhance coastal resilience. The results from her work are used to improve the scientific knowledge on the effects of short- and long-term drivers in coastal evolution and to inform coastal management decision-making.

Become a Creative Pinellas Supporter