The recent White House Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP) outlined the need for Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal (mCDR) research and development as part of a comprehensive plan to fight climate change and coastal and ocean acidification.
On June 1, 2023, GCAN and SOCAN joined together to present a town hall on to share news and information about mCDR’s potential, along with research and developments throughout the Southeast, Gulf of Mexico and northern Caribbean waters.
Speakers Dr. Tyler Cyronak (Georgia Southern University), Dr. Grace Andrews (Project Vesta), and Dr. Alison Tune (Running Tide Technologies) shared their research and industry efforts to help stem the tide on acidification.
About the Speakers
Dr. Tyler Cyronak, Georgia Southern University, is a biogeochemist studying how material and chemical elements are cycled through marine and coastal ecosystems. His research focuses on the carbon cycle in systems such as coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, and calcium carbonate sediments. He is interested in the role that these ecosystems play in the global carbon cycle and how they will be affected by climate change. Most of his work involves making seawater chemistry measurements in the field using state-of-the-art technology, with a focus on carbon dioxide, methane, total alkalinity, oxygen, and submarine groundwater discharge. More info.
Dr. Grace Andrews, Project Vesta, is an aqueous geochemist who has dedicated her career to understanding the Earth’s carbon cycle and combating climate change. She works on emerging Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) strategies which address climate change by sequestering carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere. Grace is currently the Vice President and Head of Science for Vesta, a public benefit corporation (PBC) conducting R&D on an ocean-based CDR strategy called Coastal Enhanced Weathering. Grace received her PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Northwestern University. Following that, she served at the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation in the UK and deployed the world’s first large-scale pilot projects of Terrestrial Enhanced Weathering, another CDR strategy.
Dr. Alison Tune, Running Tide Technologies, leads the Earth Science and Ecology team, which focuses on the environmental and ecological impact of Running Tide’s carbon removal work. She applies her expertise in hydro-biogeochemistry to coordinate the biogeoscience research program both internally and with external partners.