Climatology Professor Brings Hurricane Expertise to the Classroom Dr. Tony Barros, a Miami Dade College oceanography and geology professor, was telling his Wolfson Campus students about Hurricane Irma just days before the massive storm struck South Florida. “The students were glued to their chairs,” said Barros. “They were asking questions and wanted to hear what I had to say about the hurricane.” Barros has a lot to say because he has acquired an incredible amount of knowledge on the subject. In Cuba, he earned a degree in geological engineering and worked at the country’s Institute of Geology. He then earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Soon after that, Barros began his career at MDC, where students have been benefitting from his knowledge for 25 years. In 2004, after a catastrophic Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami killed nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries (most notably in Indonesia), Barros started talking about natural disasters on radio and television. He has continued that practice over the past decade and was highly active during Hurricane Irma, speaking to hosts on WLRN and other stations. In a sense, those media interviews are an extension of the classroom for Barros. “It’s all about teaching, either students or the public, and I love what I do,” Barros said. “I discuss the paths the hurricane may take, based on the different models. I discuss how to properly prepare. And I let people know that these storms can and do kill people, so we cannot be complacent.” – WV
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