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Alberto Zirino was a U.S. Navy oceanographer for 31 years. As a Senior Scientist and Head of the Marine Chemistry and Environmental Assessment Branches, Zirino led many interdisciplinary programs and studies that focused on chemical variability in upwelling areas and on the toxicity of Cu ion on marine communities. He is also known as a pioneer of the study of the pH of the oceans. From 1973 to 2009 he served as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry of San Diego State University where he co-directed more than 15 M.S. theses. As a professor at the Institute of Oceanographic Research of the Autonomous University of Baja California (Mexico), he directed 5 M.S. theses and 1 Ph.D. dissertation (J. M. Hernandez-Ayon). In 1988 he became an environmental consultant for the Venice (Italy) Lagoon, where he continues to be active. He has benn on the adjunct faculty of the GSPH since 2013. His research interest is in developing analytical techniques and interdisciplinary approaches to better understand how coastal ecosystems function.