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July 16, 2010
Contact: Tatiana Brailovskaya, Director of Communications, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences 207.633.9633 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountaineering in the Ocean on July 27:Bigelow Laboratory Café Scientifique
WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME – Bigelow Senior Research Scientist Dr. David Emerson will lead a discussion about “Mountaineering in the Ocean: Discoveries about the Least Explored Mountain Ranges in the Solar System” at the Laboratory’s July 27 Café Scientifique gathering at 6:00 p.m. in the Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor.
Emerson is Director of the Laboratory’s Confocal Microscope Facility and is Associate Director for Bacteriology of the Laboratory’s Provasoli-Guillard National Center for the Culture of Marine Phytoplankton, the largest such collection in the world. As a general microbiologist with an emphasis in geomicrobiology, a major area of Emerson’s research is on the microbial ecosystems associated with hydrothermal vents found in volcanic underwater mountains -- known as seamounts -- including the oxygen-dependent iron-oxidizing bacteria found there.
“Highly specialized seamount microbial communities are sources of previously unknown genetic diversity,” Emerson said. “Understanding these systems can provide insights into the ancient metabolic pathways that use iron and sulfur as sources of energy.”
Emerson has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Cornell University. He recently co-authored a major article on seamounts in Oceanography magazine, and was editor of a special issue on seamount microbiology in the Geomicrobiology Journal.
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 over 150 science cafés organized over 42 countries. The Laboratory’s cafés are free, open to the public, and a cash bar is available. The Laboratory’s 2010 Summer Café Scientifique gatherings will be held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday through August 24 at the Opera House. The complete schedule is available online at www.bigelow.org/about/calendar/cafe-scientifique-summer-2010.
An internationally known center for global ocean research, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences 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. ###
Iron-oxide structures at Loihi Seamount, 3,600 feet below the ocean’s surface. Photo by Terry Kerby, Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory.