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Bowdoin Faculty to Participate in "Reading the Riches of the Gulf" Program

Story posted October 23, 2002

Assistant Professor of Economics Guillermo Herrera and Visiting Instructor Lindsay Whitlow of biology and environmental studies will make presentations the first week of November at the Curtis Memorial Library's Cornerstones of Science program "Reading the Riches of the Gulf."

Other participants in the series running November 7-9 are Annette deCharon, a researcher at Bigelow Lab; author David Dobbs; Yvette Alexander, co-president of the Maine Fishermen's Wives Association; and Phillip Conkling, president of the Island Institute.

The speakers will share their views of sustainable fisheries and sustainable communities in the Gulf of Maine, and other marine issues important to consumers and producers.

All presentations will take place at Curtis Library's Morrell Meeting Room and are free and open to the public without reservations.

On Tuesday November 5 at 7 p.m. Lindsay Whitlow will present "Attack of the Crab Monsters and Other Tales of Invasions in the Gulf of Maine" featuring his research on crab predators in clam beds and news of other invasive species in the Gulf.

At 8 p.m. deCharon of Boothbay Harbor offers an unusual look at microscopic species of the Gulf in three dimensions with "Phytopia - Discovering Marine Ecosystems with Multimedia."

On Thursday November 7 at 7 p.m. Herrera will speak on "The Drama of the Gulf of Maine: Players and Issues in Industry, Science, Policy & Community." Herrera researches the economics of fisheries around the world.

The Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions offer engaging background leading up to the main presentations on November 9.

The Saturday, November 9, lineup includes three major presentations followed by a panel discussion. At 9:30 a.m. Dobbs, author of "The Great Gulf," discusses "Are You Blind or Just Lying: Fishermen, Scientists, and the Puzzle of How to (not) Count Cod".

Dobbs will be followed at 10:15 a.m. by "Fishing as a Family Business" with Alexander, a Cundy's
Harbor resident.

Conkling will present "Lobsters Great and Small: Predicting Lobster Populations in the Gulf of Maine" at 11 a.m.

Refreshments will be served at all events.

The Curtis Memorial Library's Cornerstones of Science programs, and lists of recommended books, are designed to promote science literacy and to make complex issues of science more accessible to the community. Cornerstones of Science is supported by donations and welcomes suggestions of pivotal and illuminating books of science as nominations for the Cornerstones list. Call 725-5242 or email suggestions to

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