Monday, November 8, 2010
Census of Marine Life Researcher, Author to Speak at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Nancy Knowlton will also discuss her new book, Citizens of the Sea
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 16
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
RSVP: 858-534-5771 or online here.
What lives in the ocean? Where? Will it be there in the future? Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, for a special Nov. 16 lecture that delves into the Census of Marine Life, a decade-long effort to catalog and estimate the total diversity of life in the vast global ocean.
Nancy Knowlton, a census scientific leader and Scripps adjunct professor, will discuss the ambitious initiative as well as her new book, Citizens of the Sea, written to celebrate the international project. A booksigning will follow her talk.
More than 6,000 potentially new species were discovered in the recently completed census, which involved the work of more than 2,700 scientists from 80 nations. Living creatures were found in all parts of the ocean, expanding the knowledge of habitats and ranges in which life is known to exist. Using genetic analysis, researchers also connected distinct species and painted a new picture of the genetic structure of marine diversity. Visit www.coml.org for more information.
Knowlton is the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. She founded the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Oceanography and has devoted her life to studying, celebrating and striving to protect the multitude of life forms that call the sea home.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is located at 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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