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Coastal Studies Summer 2014 Research Symposium

Coastal Studies Summer 2014 Research Symposium

July 14, 2014 8:30 AM  – 3:30 PM
Coastal Studies Center Farmhouse

The Coastal Studies Center is hosting a one day Research Symposium this Monday, July 14th at the Coastal Studies Center Farmhouse. As in previous years, this meeting will be a friendly forum for students supported by summer fellowships to present an overview of their project, and their progress to date. New to this year, we are opening up the floor to postdocs and faculty who would like to tell us about their work in any aspect of marine or environmental science. See the
Marine Laboratory blog to see the schedule for the day.

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Developing a broader perspective for marine communities in an area of climate change: insights from the Galapagos Islands

Developing a broader perspective for marine communities in an area of climate change: insights from the Galapagos Islands

September 25, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Jon D. Witman, Professor, Biology Department, Brown University

Research Interest:
My research is directed toward understanding the dynamics of populations and communities living in marine hard substrate habitats. Our lab is conducting research focused around three themes: 1) physical forcing of marine benthic ecosystems, 2) studies on the origin vs. the maintenance of pattern, and 3) marine biodiversity. How community structuring processes vary with scale is a consideration that pervades all aspects of our research.

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Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast

Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast

September 25, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Smithsonian Institution Arctic archaeologist William Fitzhugh and Maine-based photographer Wilfred Richard will speak Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm in Kresge Auditorium, on the Bowdoin College campus. Their illustrated lecture coincides with the release of their new book, Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast, published by the Smithsonian Institution Press. Following the lecture there will be a reception at the Arctic Museum, where they will sign copies of their book. Also visitors will have a chance to view an exhibit of some of Richard’s photographs. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

William Fitzhugh has spent over three decades studying cultures of northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, and Scandinavia. His work as an archaeologist and anthropologist has focused on the cultural and environmental history of Labrador and southern Quebec, the evolution of maritime cultures, contact between native populations and Europeans, and the origins of reindeer herding. He is the head of the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution.

Wilfred Richard is a geographer, photographer, Registered Maine Guide, and research fellow at the Ummannaq Polar Institute in Greenland. He has traveled extensively throughout New England, the Arctic, and Subarctic, photographing landscapes and seascapes, terrestrial and marine floral and fauna, and the everyday activities of local residents and visiting scientists. He has exhibited his photographs widely.

Using fascinating personal stories and stunning photographs, Fitzhugh and Richard will introduce the audience to people and places throughout the northern North Atlantic and explain both the importance and allure of this region. Their appearance is sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Bowdoin College.

The Arctic Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sundays. Admission to the museum is free. The Museum is closed Mondays and on national holidays. For more information please call the Arctic Museum at 207-725-3416

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Interested in Marine Sciences? Have lunch with Brown University Professor Jon Witman

Interested in Marine Sciences? Have lunch with Brown University Professor Jon Witman

September 26, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Jon Witman will join students and faculty for an informal pizza lunch and a short video about Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine-- one of the most dynamic hotspots of biodiversity in New England and the entire North Atlantic, and an area where he conducts research and collaborates on conservation efforts. Professor Witman will also share his insight into field-study based marine science programs an area particularly relevant to Bowdoin as it prepares to launch the new Marine Science Semester program next fall.

For more information, see the webpage.

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Multiple Stable States: Theory and Evidence

Multiple Stable States: Theory and Evidence

October 9, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

One of the most vexing problems in ecology is how distinctly different communities, such as mussel beds and seaweed stands that occur on rocky shores in Maine, can occur in the same ecosystem. These communities often persist for long periods, yet small, temporary shifts in environmental conditions can cause an unexpected tipping of the system and one type of community may be replaced by another. How can alternative communities be both persistent and yet so susceptible? The theory of these systems, known as multiple stable states, is well understood, but whether multiple stable states actually exist in nature has remained a hotly debated subject and, not surprisingly, definitive examples continue to be elusive. The past decade has seen resurgent interest in the topic because of large-scale changes in the species composition of many ecosystems around the globe and the extent to which anthropogenic activities and climate change may underlie these sudden shifts. The occurrence of multiple stable states has implications for how we manage ecosystems and our basic understanding of the roles of historical and contemporary processes in determining patterns of organismal distribution and abundance. I will present the results from the past 18 years of an ongoing project investigating whether rockweed stands and mussel beds represent alternative community states in sheltered bays of the Gulf of Maine.

Dr. Steve Dungeon is Professor of Biology, at the California State University, Northridge.  He received his PhD from the University of Maine in 1992. His research interests focus on the unique biological features of clonal algae and invertebrates, the evolution of life history and morphological traits and how these traits influence the dynamics of the communities in which they live. The temperate rocky intertidal zone is the experimental system used to explore these concepts.

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Nova Southeastern University Graduate Study Information Session

Nova Southeastern University Graduate Study Information Session

October 28, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Join Melissa Dore, Director of Academic Support and Administration at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center to learn more about graduate programs in the marine sciences, and NSU's programs.

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