Deep-sea exploration at Portland Public Library


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is having a large presence at Portland Public Library during the month of March. In addition to our Tiny Giants, a photographic art exhibit of marine microbes, that will be on display in the Lewis Gallery there, scientists Dr. Beth Orcutt and Jarrod Scott will be making public presentations about their research and what is being learned about the microbial world by exploring the deep sea and other ocean realms. Details about each event follows:

March 18 6:30 - 8:30 pm Rines Auditorium [140]Screening of [141]North Pond: A Search for The Intraterrestrials

Dr. Beth Orcutt, a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory, has been looking for life within the deep ocean crust in the "North Pond," a field site on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the largest undersea mountain range in the world. To study life on and within the deep oceanic crust, Dr. Orcutt collects specimens from sub-seafloor observatories that were installed using scientific ocean drilling. Documentary filmmakers followed Dr. Orcutt and her colleagues on a drilling expedition as well as on a cruise with the remotely-operated vehicle Jason, and put together a 90 minute film about the scientists' quest. The documentary won Best Documentary Feature at the [142]2014 Yosemite Film Fest and Honorable Mention at the [143]2014 Blue Ocean Film fest.

Dr. Orcutt will introduce the film and be available for questions and answers after the screening. A trailer is available [144]here. March 19 Noon Atrium Cafe [145]Science Cafes: Exploring marine microbiomes--From whale poop to hydrothermal vents to much in-between

Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Jarrod Scott studies marine microbial life under many different conditions. He will share what he has learned from investigating the microbial contents of whale poop to bacteria living in the vicinity of hydrothermal vents that live solely on iron in an informal lunchtime presentation in the Library's Atrium Scott will be showing lots of cool footage of a variety of underwater marine environments as he engages with the audience. The public is invited to attend and have the opportunity to ask a scientist questions in an informal setting.

Both events are free and open to the public. Mark your calendars now!News Sidebar

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