Rockport Public Library Event Calendar
|Time:||6:30 PM - 7:30 PM|
|Title:||Invisible Ocean Life Controls the Fate of Carbon at Sea|
|Location:||Rockport Public Library|
|Description:||Looking at a bottle of seawater, you may not see much; you may see some tiny flecks, making themselves visible only when they move. Put this water under a microscope and a world of life will appear - the plankton. These ubiquitous tiny organisms play a crucial role in the ocean's food webs - supporting life in the upper ocean, including fish and whales. They also control the flow of nutrients, such as carbon, from the atmosphere, into the sunlit portion of the sea, and into the deep ocean.
Join Dr. Karen Stamieszkin as we learn about these easily overlooked movers and shakers of the marine world, and how their lives are intertwined with all of life on Earth.
Dr. Stamieszkin is a research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. She studies how microscopic organisms - plankton - impact ocean nutrient cycles and food webs, as well as the effects of a changing environment on ocean life. She conducts her science at sea, in the laboratory, and with computer models.