Café Sci

Bigelow Laboratory's Café Sci is a fun, free way to engage with ocean researchers on critical issues and groundbreaking science. Our research touches every ocean on the planet, and Café Sci allows us to share what we’re learning with our Maine community, many of whom help support our work.

You can use the links below to view videos of some of our 2018 talks, which were made possible through sponsorship by HM Payson.

We're already looking forward to our 2019 Café Sci series, and we will post more information on this page when it is available. Hope to see you there!

2018 Café Sci Videos

Nitrogen to the Rescue: How Arctic Ice Reduction is Fertilizing the Sea

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Led by Dr. Deborah Bronk


Microscopic plants in the ocean have a giant impact on the health of the planet. While these phytoplankton are currently facing numerous challenges from climate change, recent research has revealed that they are getting a surprising boost in the Arctic. Join Dr. Deborah Bronk, the new president and CEO of Bigelow Laboratory, to learn about how the reduction of sea ice is increasing the growth of phytoplankton, providing food for larger organisms and accelerating the rate at which they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (Recorded on July 10, 2018.)



Incredible, Edible Kelp: Harvesting the Potential of Seaweed Aquaculture

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Led by Dr. Nichole Price


Imagine an aquaculture product that could solve today’s biggest food supply challenges. It would be rich in essential nutrients, grow quickly, and require minimal natural resources. Instead of harming the environment, it would have a therapeutic impact. Scientists, chefs, and industry leaders are discovering that sea greens like kelp offer all these amazing attributes. Join Dr. Nichole Price to discuss how members of the shellfish industry can grow sea greens to reap the benefits of product diversification while improving growing conditions for shellfish. (Recorded July 24, 2018.)



Precious Metals: A Global Hunt to Understand Scarce Ocean Nutrients

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Led by Dr. Ben Twining


Like humans, phytoplankton require a balanced diet of vitamins and minerals to grow and thrive. However, over a third of ocean waters contain too little iron to fully support phytoplankton communities, and ‘micronutrients’ like cobalt, manganese, and zinc control the growth of certain plankton. These ‘precious metals’ occur at trace levels in the ocean, but have an outsized role, influencing global climate over thousands of years. Join Dr. Ben Twining to learn about his global hunt to understand metal limitation in the ocean and how it affects our world. (Recorded July 31, 2018.)



Are We Alone?: What Microbes Can Tell Us About Possible Life on Other Planets

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Led by Dr. Jackie Goordial


The field of astrobiology includes the search for life elsewhere in our universe. To learn how to look for life on other planets, we must first examine the limits of life as we know it here on Earth. Join Dr. Jackie Goordial to learn about the microorganisms that inhabit some of the most extreme environments on Earth, and how these environments may be similar to other planetary bodies in our solar system and beyond. (Recorded August 7, 2018.)


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