Expert: Jeff Chanton

Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor

Chanton is an acclaimed climate scientist who has done extensive work examining the causes of increased methane gas in the atmosphere.  He also has investigated the effects of the BP oil spill, including how methane-derived carbon from the spill entered the food web and how much sank to the ocean floor and mixed with sediment.

Contact Information

Phone: (850) 644-7493

Gulf Oil Spill

“Florida is the canary in the coal mine for the U.S. and sea level rise because we are such a flat state. The Miami area is particularly vulnerable. Seawalls may not help much because the limestone bedrock is so porous. Rising seas could go under the sea wall through the subsurface and flood the city from within.”