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August 11, 2010
Contact: Tatiana Brailovskaya, Director of Communications, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences 207.633.9633 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Census of Marine Life -- Bigelow Laboratory Concludes its Summer Science Conversations on August 24
WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME – Bigelow Executive Director Dr. Graham Shimmield will discuss “The Known, the Unknown, and the Unknowable: A Decade of Discovery through the Census of Marine Life,” at the Laboratory’s final Café Scientifique gathering of the summer season at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24 in the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Shimmield, who was Chair of the European branch of Census of Marine Life Program, will describe the project’s decade-long mission to describe diversity of life in the world’s oceans and future plans to share this wealth of information with the public.
“The Census has brought more than 5,700 scientists together from multiple disciplines,” says Shimmield. “Its tenth year marks the culmination of the largest endeavor ever undertaken to understand the biodiversity in the oceans and human impacts on marine life.”
Working with over 6.5 million entries from field surveys and databases in over 80 nations, the Census of Marine Life is providing vast amounts of information about “what lives where” in the sea. To date, over 11,500 new species have been described as a result of this massive international effort.
Shimmield is a graduate of Durham University and received a Ph.D. in Marine Geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His research focuses on marine geochemistry, which includes the fundamental studies of geochemical processes operating in oceans, identifying indicators of ocean and climate change, and examining human impacts and contamination in coastal and deep seas. In this context he has studied the environmental impact of off shore oil installations and their decommissioning. Before coming to Bigelow Laboratory in 2008, he was the combined director of Scottish Association of Marine Science and the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory. He was awarded the title of Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
The Laboratory’s Café Scientifique gatherings are informal discussions about scientific issues and society, current research, and the latest news from the field. The Café Scientifique movement began in 1998 in England, and has spread quickly throughout Europe and the United States. There are now more than 150 science cafés organized over 42 countries. The Laboratory’s cafés are free, open to the public, and a cash bar is available. The 2010 Summer Café Scientifique gatherings are held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday through August 24 at the Opera House.
An internationally known center for global ocean research, Bigelow Laboratory conducts research ranging from microbial oceanography -- examining biological productivity in the world’s oceans at the molecular level -- to the large-scale biogeochemical processes that drive interactions between ocean ecosystems and global environmental conditions. These programs have taken Bigelow scientists around the world to every ocean and the polar seas. ###
Photo: Census of Marine Life scientists were the first to photograph a deepwater copepod, Eaugaptilis hyperboreus, bearing its eggs. ©2005, Russ Hopcroft/NOAA.