ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Anne Von Rosenstiel maintains the same passion for the marine sciences that her late husband Werner Von Rosenstiel held. Their philanthropic efforts have supported roughly 100 students up to the present and will continue into the future as her recent visit demonstrates.
Anne and her daughter, Kathleen Davis, were joined by fellow guests, Drs. Susan and Peter Betzer. A tour of selected labs from the Marine Science Laboratory and the Knight Oceanographic Research Center was guided by Howard Rutherford and presentations of the equipment, devices, and applications of the science were given by students Alex Ilich, Susan Snyder, Kelly Vasbinder, Jordon Meyer, and Erin Cuyler, and by faculty member Robert Byrne.
The presenters expressed current and future relevance of their research to society, specifically through advanced fish population monitoring, analysis of toxic ingredients in sea life, modeling ocean parameters to improve Marine Protected Areas, satellite observations of ocean circulation and mixing which signal changes in climate, and the development of affordable devices that will allow citizen scientists to observe the effects of ocean acidification in our coastal waters.
By Sean Beckwith