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Roundtable Discussion of Climate Change in the New Congress

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Friday, 23 January 2015, 1:30

January 23, 2015. Roundtable discussion of climate change in the new Congress. Ryan Orgera, Coastal States Organization. Sponsored by Department of Geography and Rutgers Climate Institute.

Location  Room B-120 Lucy Stone Hall, Livingston Campus

Ryan Orgera currently works as the Legislative Representative for the Coastal States Organization in Washington, DC. As CSO’s principle voice on Capitol Hill, Ryan advocates for increased funding for the nation’s 35 coastal zone management programs as well as a variety of policy initiatives aimed at improving coastal health and function. Ryan was recently appointed to represent the social sciences on the Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee. The committee is mandated through presidential executive order and offers expert advice and recommendations to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior. Before beginning his work in Washington, DC, Ryan spent a year as the coastal community resilience project manager for the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Monmouth University. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in geography from Louisiana State University where he specialized in ocean and coastal policy and politics. Before completing his doctoral studies in 2012, Ryan was awarded the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, and spent a year as an ocean policy expert in the office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. Ryan grew up on Florida’s gulf coast, and credits his countless hours canoeing and boating on Lemon Bay with his passion for sound coastal management. Before becoming a geographer, Ryan earned a B.A. and M.A. in Romance languages and literatures from the University of South Florida in Tampa. His current research centers on how we socially and politically create protected ocean-space; climate change policy; and the cultural history of human-shark interactions.