Talk: “The end of seashells? Ocean Acidification”, Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium, 18 February 2016

Speaker : George Waldbusser

Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem, 18 February 2016, 7 p.m.

Ocean acidification topic of next SEC lecture

The Pacific Northwest’s shellfish industry already has been damaged by ocean acidification, and the phenomenon continues to threaten marine life.

George Waldbusser, assistant professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry at Oregon State University, will explain the nature of the threat and how it is affecting Oregon’s coastal ecology in the next installment of the Straub Environmental Center’s lecture series.

Ocean acidification is happening because of increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. The world’s oceans absorb a significant percentage of this carbon dioxide, which helps alleviate climate change, but it results in changes to the chemistry of marine waters.

Waldbusser’s research explores the mechanisms of larval bivalve sensitivity to ocean acidification, the functioning of shell aggregates under acidification, and the interaction between bivalves and their habitats under ocean acidification.

He is the author of 24 peer-reviewed publications, and his work has been featured by the New York Times, Forbes, The Seattle Times and NBC News.

The talk, titled “The End of Seashells? Ocean Acidification,” will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St. SE.

There is a $5 suggested donation per person at the door.

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