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April 19, 2011
Contact: Tatiana Brailovskaya, Director of Communications, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (207) 633-9633; email@example.com
Science Under Sail: Bigelow Laboratory’s Spring Café Scientifique Focuses on SEA Semester
WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME – Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is launching its 2011 series of “science conversations with the public” with a special spring Café Scientifique on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. at the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Dr. Erik Zettler, Associate Dean at the Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts will lead a conversation about student participation as full crew members aboard a sailing ship outfitted for oceanographic sampling. Titled “Oceanographic insights from student research projects at SEA: Science under sail and the power of long-term data sets,” the talk will discuss working at sea during an expedition and highlight recent projects that address the biogeography of marine life and distribution of marine debris.
“SEA has been taking undergraduate students to sea on open-ocean voyages for 40 years,” said Zettler. “SEA vessels have sophisticated oceanographic instrumentation, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, but some of our most powerful results have come from basic measurements students have repeated over many years.”
Zettler has been a member of the Woods Hole scientific community for many years, and has participated in over 50 research cruises. He teaches on board SEA vessels and at the Shoals Marine Laboratory in the Gulf of Maine. His fields of interest include microbial ecology, extreme environments, and community structure.
Café Scientifique gatherings are informal discussions about scientific issues and society, current research, and the latest news from the field. There are over 150 science cafés organized over 42 countries. In keeping with Bigelow Laboratory’s Café Scientifique format, all talks are free and open to the public. Beer, wine, and sodas are available for purchase.
Bigelow Laboratory conducts research ranging from microbial oceanography -- examining the biology in the world’s oceans at the molecular level -- to the large-scale ocean processes that affect global environmental conditions. These programs have taken Bigelow scientists around the world to every ocean and the polar seas. The Laboratory is recognized as a leader in Maine’s emerging innovation economy, and is spurring significant economic growth in the state through construction of a major Ocean Science and Education Campus in East Boothbay. ####
Photo: Students preparing for a net tow during SEA Semester. Courtesy of E. Zettler.