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Plankton From a New Point of View

An evening lecture on the importance of marine microorganisms and their vital role as primary producers/consumers in the food web will be given on April 19 by veteran plankton specialist, Jeff Runge, PhD from U. Maine. Following the lecture, Harry Nelson, Director of Aquatic Sales & Marketing for Fluid Imaging Technologies, inc. will demonstrate the FlowCAM® and give a glimpse into the Casco Bay.

Date: April 19th
Time: 7:30-9pm
Place: Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc: 65 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME
Cost: Gulf of Maine Marine Educators Association members FREE, non-members $10
RSVP: Carol Steingart at 207-831-4436 or carolsteingart@gmail.com

Plankton From a New Point of View

An evening lecture on the importance of marine microorganisms and their vital role as primary producers/consumers in the food web will be given on April 19 by veteran plankton specialist, Jeff Runge, PhD from U. Maine. Following the lecture, Harry Nelson, Director of Aquatic Sales & Marketing for Fluid Imaging Technologies, inc. will demonstrate the FlowCAM® and give a glimpse into the Casco Bay.

Date: April 19th
Time: 7:30-9pm
Place: Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc: 65 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME
Cost: Gulf of Maine Marine Educators Association members FREE, non-members $10
RSVP: Carol Steingart at 207-831-4436 or carolsteingart@gmail.com

The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century

Speaker: D. Graham Burnett
Sunday, March 11, 2012
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History

From the Bible to Melville, whales were historically depicted as terrifying, mysterious monsters–deserving only of slaughter. Burnett will discuss how 20th century scientific research and environmental awareness has led to an appreciation of whales as highly evolved, complex mammals critical to marine ecosystems and deserving of regulatory protection. Regular admission rates apply.

Harvard Museum of Natural History www.hmnh.harvard.edu

Lecture Series from Gundalow Company

December 15, 7:00 pm, Levenson Community Room, Portsmouth NH Library, “Supporting Sustainable Fisheries”, Panel Discussion with: Bob Campbell, Yankee Fisherman’s Coop, Will Carey, Little Bay Oyster Company,  Carolyn Eastman, Eastman’s Fish Market, Ken LaValley, UNH Cooperative Extention, Sara Zoe Patterson, Seacoast Eat Local, Roger Woodman, Commercial fisherman using 19th Century methods.  Panelists will discuss what current issues face our local fisheries, how their organizations are addressing these challenges and what consumers can do to ensure the long term health of our fisheries.

Family-Friendly Talk: Listening to Fish – New Bedford, MA

Next in the Ocean Explorium Ocean Voice speaker series:

Listening to fish: a virtually unexplored world of drumming, grunting, squeaks, squeals, and even farts!

Thursday December 2, reception at 6:15, talk begins at 7:00, Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford, MA

Rodney A. Rountree, Ph.D., Director, Marine Ecology and Technology Applications, Inc., Adjunct Professor, UMass Amherst

Did you know that fish make sounds?  Scientist are learning more and more about the many ways that fish and other aquatic animals use sounds to communicate underwater.  Unfortunately we know very little about underwater communication and sounds completely unknown to science can routinely be recorded right here in the coastal waters of Massachusetts, in the deep canyons offshore and amazingly right off the docks in the heart of New York City; even in the local ponds, rivers and lakes of New England.  Come listen in on the fascinating underwater soundscape!

The Ocean Voice speaker series is held on the first Thursday of each month in 2010 with a pre-talk reception. The reception will begin at 6:15 with refreshments and a chance to mingle with our speakers and view our exhibit space. Talks begin at 7 pm.  Stay tuned for changes to our series in 2011!  More details to come, be sure to check back on our website: www.oceanexplorium.org

Admission is $4 adults and $3 for seniors and children. Members always free.

Talk on Evolution at Ocean Explorium, New Bedford MA

Join the Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport this Thursday November 4 for  Evolution is Definitely True: Transforming Public Attitudes Toward the Reality of Evolution,  Dr. Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C., Assistant Professor of Biology, UMass Dartmouth. Dr. Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. will explore the theoretical aspects of the controversy of evolution versus design, document the impact of his teaching program on public attitudes toward evolution, and share trends on the acceptance of evolution worldwide.  Invite your students and we are happy to assist you with providing them extra credit if you so choose!  The talk will be held at the Ocean Explorium, 174 Union St, New Bedford.  Reception at 6:15pm, Talk at 7pm.  Admission is $4 adults and $3 for seniors and children. Members always free.

Abbey Spargo, Education Programs Coordinator, Ocean Explorium (508) 994-5400 x  23 aspargo@oceanexplorium.org

Lectures at Northeastern Marine Science Center

The Northeastern University Marine Science Center is hosting a selection of Lecture Series this fall. The first lecture is:    Environmental Benefits and Impacts of Aquaculture and Relevance to the North Shore

Lecturer: Dr. Joe Buttner

Dr. Joe Buttner is an Associate Professor of Biology at Salem State University. He is a AFS Certified Fisheries Scientist with an aquaculture specialization. His research and extension efforts target freshwater and marine organisms. From fin-fish to shellfish, as well as open, semi-closed and closed systems – Dr. Buttner has delivered in excess of 100 presentations before professional, technical and lay audiences.

This lecture has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 19 at 7PM

Free and open to the public – no need to RSVP

Light refreshments will be served starting at 6:30PM

Lecture will be held at the Marine Science Center located at: 430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908

Lecture: A Similar Event, Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill – New Bedford

John W. Farrington will return to Ocean Voice on Thursday, July 1, to present “A Similar Event:  The 1979 IXTOC I Oil Well Spill Research Cruise:  Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill”.  If you are curious and concerned about what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Farrington may have the answers.  If you would like to learn more than the evening news reports, come to the Ocean Explorium to hear John W. Farrington talk about his experience and scientific research concerned with oil pollution in the marine environment. Dr. Farrington was aboard a scientific expedition that assessed the environmental fate of the IXTOC-l oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979.  Lessons learned from that research cruise and how they inform our response to the on-going Deepwater Horizon spill will be presented and discussed.  Currently Professor and Interim Dean of the School for Marine Science and Technology of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dr. Farrington is also Scientist Emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he served as Associate Director for Education and Dean from 1990 to 2002, and as Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean from 2002 until 2005.  Doors open at 6:15 for refreshments and mingling in the Ocean Explorium.  Talk begins at 7 pm.  Ocean Voice admission:  $4/Adult, $3/Senior, Child.  The Ocean Explorium is located at 174 Union Street in downtown New Bedford and is handicap accessible via the rear entrance.  For more information, contact Betsy Pye at 508.994.5400 or bpye@oceanexplorium.org or go to the Ocean Explorium website at oceanexplorium.org

Lecture on Great White Sharks

On Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 pm the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster will present Great White Shark Tagging with Dr. Greg Skomal, biologist with the State Division of Marine Fisheries.  Dr. Skomal’s research in tagging Great White Sharks off Monomoy Island to track their migratory patterns has been widely reported and has drawn considerable public interest.
He will present an exciting program on the pop-up satellite transmitting tagsplaced on Great White Sharks off Chatham last summer and what the scientific community is learning about the travels and behavior of this ancient and mythic animal. Cape Cod’s growing seal population points to continued and greater sightings of the Great White Shark. Dr. Skomal is the author of The Shark Handbook: The Essential Guide for Understanding the Sharks of the World.

This presentation is a special opportunity to hear about current shark studies by an international shark expert who cares deeply about the protection of the marine environment. For further information, contact the Museum at 508-896-3867or visit  www.ccmnh.org