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Mitochondrial Health

Knauss Fellows 2020 Connor Fagan & Irvin Huang

Date: December 17, 2020

12:00 – 12:30 PM EST

Speaker: Connor Fagan, Knauss Fellow, Science & Policy Analyst, Marine Mammal Commission

Title: Potential Transboundary Solutions to Stormwater Management: the 2016 and 2019 Louisiana Floods as a Case Study

Abstract: Climate change has and continues to cause increasingly severe and frequent tropical storms and rainfall events. Due to Louisiana’s flat topography and increased urban development, flood risk has caused immense damage in recent years. Comprehensive, regional floodplain management may be necessary in order to prevent existing and future development projects from impacting adjacent and downstream communities and assets. This presentation provides an overview of stormwater management, the Louisiana floods, and potential solutions to stormwater management issues on a wider scale.

About the Speaker: Connor Fagan is a 2020 Knauss Fellow with the Marine Mammal Commission. He graduated with his J.D. from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. His research and work at Louisiana Sea Grant during law school focused on stormwater management, coastal resilience, freshwater impacts to marine mammals, and more.

12:30 – 1:00 PM EST

Speaker: Irvin Huang, Ocean Policy Analyst, National Ocean Service, Policy and Constituent Affairs Division

Title: Using Omics Approaches to Identify a Toxic Mechanism of Psychiatric Pharmaceuticals in Developing Fish

Abstract: Continuing developments in ‘omics methodologies are allowing scientists to probe biological questions at increasingly small scales. This enhanced resolution has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of how organisms respond to chemical and environmental stressors at the tissue and cell level, which is key to improving our understanding of their biological and ecological impacts. Here, we show how single-cell sequencing techniques can be used to identify the potential toxic mechanisms of psychiatric pharmaceuticals, which are increasingly detected in aquatic ecosystems around the world, in developing fish.

About the Speaker: Irvin Huang is a 2020 Knauss Fellow in NOAA National Ocean Service, placed in the Policy and Constituent Affairs Division as a policy analyst. Irvin holds a BS from UC Davis and recently obtained his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Irvin’s background is in molecular ecology and his dissertation research focused on the biological effects of chemical contaminants found in wastewater effluent, specifically pharmaceutical compounds, on developing fish.


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