CSU Geology Professor to Address Global Ocean Pollution

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Although 2010’s Deep Horizon oil spill drew worldwide attention, the breadth and implications of ocean pollution are underappreciated.

This assertion by Columbus State University geology professor William Frazier is at the core of his lecture, “A Sea of Troubles: Polluting the Global Ocean,” 6:30 pm. Thursday, Feb. 17 in CSU’s Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium.

The program is free and open to the public.

"The ocean comprises three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, but for most of us, our only contact with it is a trip to the beach," Frazier said. "Disasters like the Deep Horizon oil spill mar the beauty of the coast and so make headlines, but far greater and more disturbing problems roil the waters of the deep."

Frazier’s lecture will cover other, lesser-known examples of ocean pollution, including the "great garbage patches," dead zones in coastal waters, toxic chemicals and poisoned seafood, and ocean acidification.

"I will also try to show that society’s response to these problems will depend critically on both the internal policies of world’s nations as well as on cooperative, international efforts," Frazier said.

The program is part of the Environmental Policy Lecture Series presented by CSU’s Department of Political Science and MPA Program.

Environmental policy represents one of four degree tracks in the university’s master of public administration program. The other tracks are government administration, health services administration and justice administration. For more information, call 706-562-1697.