Talk explores acidification of Puget Sound

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee will host a free presentation on ocean acidification and its effects on Puget Sound.

The 40-minute presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 4 in the second floor conference room of the Whatcom County Civic Center at 322 N. Commercial Street in Bellingham. A question-and-answer period will follow.
The speaker is Dr. M. Brady Olson of Western Washington University.

Ocean acidification is the decline in pH of the world’s oceans, due to the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The change in ocean chemistry is having profound effects on whether organisms such as clams, oysters, crabs, and coral are able to make shells, which affects both their survival as well as the rest of the food web.

Dr. Olson received his Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Washington in 2006. He is currently an instructor in Western Washington University’s Biology Department, and a marine scientist at WWU’s Shannon Point Marine Center.

Olson and his colleagues just received a $557,000 National Science Foundation grant to study how changing climate, specifically rising carbon dioxide, will affect plankton food web ecology and, in turn, its effects on the overall marine food web.

For more information, contact Whatcom County Public Works at 360/676-6876.

The Northern, 24 February 2010. Article.

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