Harold Wanless


Harold R. Wanless, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami.

Dr. Wanless received his B.A. in Geology at Princeton University, his M.S. in Marine Geology at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, and his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. His Master’s Thesis was documenting the evolution of sedimentary environments in Biscayne Bay as rising sea level flooded the bay over the past 6,000 years. His Doctoral Dissertation was a paleo-environmental reconstruction of the early Paleozoic (Middle Cambrian) sediment strata in the Grand Canyon, a sequence recording dozens of marine to non-marine cycles resulting from sea level cycles. In 2010, he was named a Cooper Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. Dr. Wanless is actively interacting with policy and legislative groups at the local to federal levels to guide necessary decisions, including speaking at Everglades Coalition annual meetings, to various Florida Legislative committees, environmental and industry executive and steering committees, and the Council on Environmental Quality in the White House. He is co-chair of the Science Committee of the Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force and works with the South Florida Regional Planning Council to provide the science background for and projections of sea level rise for the coming century.

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