Tinker Visiting Professor Focuses on Environmental Oceanography
Posted: September 9, 2011
Juan Darío Restrepo, the Tinker Visiting Professor at LLILAS for the fall 2011 semester, concentrates his research on the environmental oceanography of deltas, estuaries, and coastal lagoons waters of Latin America. During his stay here, he is teaching the course Environmental Data Analysis: Applications in Latin America.
Professor Restrepo holds a PhD from the Marine Science Program at the University of South Carolina. His focus is on improving the understanding of the natural and anthropogenic causes affecting denudation rates and sediment transport to the Caribbean Sea from the largest fluvial system of Colombia, the Magdalena River. Dr. Restrepo has been head of the Magdalena River Science Initiative in Colombia and is currently a full Professor of Geological Sciences at EAFIT University, Colombia. He has been involved as a resource scientist for the sub-programs of LOICZ-IGBP Basins, SAmBas (South American Basins), and CariBas (Caribbean Basins), and also as a member of the Scientific Steering Committees of LOICZ-IGBP and Colciencias (Colombia) in the Marine Science Program.
Dr. Restrepo is a coauthor of the Coastal Communities and Systems and Caribbean Assessment chapters of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) and a visiting professor of the European Union in the master's program Water and Coastal Management. He also has been a visiting scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder (2009–2011) and is a consultant of the International Water Project (United Nations University and Global Environmental Fund, GEF).
On September 28, Dr. Restrepo will give the lecture "The Perils of Human Activity: Lessons from Colombia's Experience with Soil Erosion" at 12:00 noon in the Hackett Room at LLILAS, SRH 1.313. It is open to the public.
Regarding his time at UT, Dr. Restrepo says, “As the first Tinker Visiting Professor in natural sciences at LLILAS, there are several goals I would like to accomplish: first, to encourage students' awareness of the ongoing environmental challenges in Latin America, and how to analyze data and processes for building capacity in environmental conservation; second, to promote scientific cooperation between our university and other environmental institutions in Colombia and the Department of Geography at UT by developing, for example, students and faculty exchange programs; and last, to strengthen the cooperation agreements between our university in Colombia and UT for future projects and applied research in the northern Andes of South America."