Let’s talk: the superpowers of seaweed

Date: 17 November 2021

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Location: virtual event

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(Photo: Nicole Wolf)


Join us for a short film and virtual panel discussion looking at the “superpowers” of seaweed, and the research being done here in Maine to study the potential this sea vegetable offers to protect shellfish from the impacts of climate change.

Our Beautiful Planet: The Superpowers of Seaweed, produced by Kikim Media (in partnership with The Climate Initiative and the National Science Teaching Association), tells the story of Maine marine biologists, Dr. Susie Arnold of the Island Institute and Dr. Nichole Price of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, who are investigating a way to protect shellfish from the damage caused by one of the lesser-known consequences of climate change: the rising level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ocean. CO2 makes seawater more acidic and that damages shells. Their experiment: raising mussels in close proximity to seaweed, which takes CO2 out of ocean water.

Register for “Let’s Talk: The Superpowers of Seaweed” on November 17th at 6:00 p.m., and you’ll receive a link to watch the film prior to the event as well as instructions for how to join us for our virtual discussion about the film, the benefits of seaweed, and the opportunities for using it as a tool to address climate change—on the Maine coast and beyond.


  • Sam Belknap, Senior Community Development Officer, Island Institute


  • Dr. Susie Arnold, Marine Scientist, Island Institute
  • Dr. Nichole Price, Senior Research Scientist and Benthic Marine Ecologist, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
  • Briana Warner, President and CEO, Atlantic Sea Farms

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