Tadi, a Bajau fisherman, spears an octopus in the south Sulawesi region of Indonesia. Hundreds of millions of people gather marine life threatened by changing seas. But Tadi’s village depends so thoroughly on troubled coral reefs that climate change and shifting sea chemistry eventually could make it challenging to find food. Image by Steve Ringman. Indonesia, 2013. Add this image to a lesson

Pulitzer Center grantee Craig Welch visits the University of Missouri on April 27, 2016, speaking with students, faculty and the broader community about his Pulitzer Center-supported project, Sea Change.

The award-winning project published by The Seattle Times is a deeply reported, multimedia series examining the impact of ocean acidification on diverse creatures within the ocean as well as communities and individuals who rely on the ocean for their food, their livelihoods and their ways of life.

Welch is now an environment writer at National Geographic. His work has appeared in Smithsonianmagazine, The Washington Post and Newsweek. He has won accolades for his journalism including from the Society of Environmental Journalists, National Academy of Sciences, and Overseas Press Club. His book, "Shell Games: A True Story of Cops, Con Men and the Smuggling of America's Strangest Wildlife" won the Rachel Carson Environment book award and was a finalist for other regional awards.

The university student group, Science, Health and Environmental Journalism @ Mizzou, sponsored Welch's visit. Sara Shipley Hiles, an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, serves as the organization’s adviser.

Craig Welch at University of Missouri
Wednesday April 27, 2016
7:00 PM
University of Missouri
Fisher Auditorium
Columbia, MO 65211


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