David W. Hastings: "Climate Change - Real or Fake?"
by: Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
Marine Scientist David W. Hastings presented a Willis Leadership Lecture to Upper School students on the topic "Climate Change - Real or Fake?" at Shorecrest Preparatory School on November 13, 2017. Following his talk, Hastings joined students pursuing the Global Scholars Initiative for a small group discussion.
David Hastings is a marine geochemist and chemical oceanographer who teaches marine science, environmental studies and chemistry at Eckerd College. His primary interest is paleoclimatology, which is to reveal the history of past climate changes as revealed in ocean sediments. Dr. Hastings also is engaged in research on the impact of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on the ocean sediments and microplastics in Tampa Bay.
Dr. Hastings believes that it is important for scientists to actively engage in policy conversations with the public and with elected officials. David focuses on solutions in addition to laying out the scientific basis for the concern scientists have for the future of our planet.
The Willis Leadership Lecture series invites esteemed speakers annually to address the Shorecrest community. This year's theme is "Fake vs. Real." Two additional speakers are part of the series this academic year: