Dr. Roni Avissar is currently Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science for the University of Miami in Florida. He has a PhD atmospheric science, and his area of expertise is land/atmosphere interactions. He continues to research and publish on the topic of deforestation and hydroclimatological change. Dr. Avissar is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Physical Union. He has received multiple awards and has served on the NASA Science Advisory Council. At the time of this clip, Dr. Avissar was serving as Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Duke University in North Carolina.