Invited talk: Prof Mary A Sewell, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland

On 06/10/2011 we are hosting our distinguished collaborator – Prof Mary A Sewell from the Marine Invertebrate Research Group at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland. Prof Sewell career started at the University of Auckland with a BSc and MSc in Zoology, followed by a PhD at the University of Alberta in Canada.  Subsequently she received two prestigious post-doctoral fellowships at Simon Fraser University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Southern California, before returning to the University of Auckland in 1999.

On Thursday 06/10 at 4 pm Prof Sewell will present a lecture entitled: “Ocean Acidification: Integrating chemistry and marine biology and what it means for you.”


Ocean acidification (OA), a reduction in ocean pH due to the uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) by surface waters, is an area of study within marine biology that depends strongly on an understanding of marine chemistry.  This has, on occasion, caused challenges for marine biologists who may have only taken 1st year chemistry in their undergraduate degrees.  In this talk I will discuss the need for better integration of chemistry, biology and biomaterials science, the preliminary results of our OA research programme at the University of Auckland, and why as citizens you should be concerned about changing pH in the oceans.

Donald, BioMEMS Research Group, The University of Auckland, 29 September 2011. Article.

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