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Science Made Public Talk @ WHOI Redfield Auditorium
August 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
“Life in an Earthquake Zone”
Susan Mills, Marine Biologist
Deep-sea hydrothermal vent sites host dense communities of animals in a food web built on chemical energy from beneath the seafloor. These sites experience frequent disturbances, like volcanic eruptions, that sometimes wipe out entire communities. How does life return to sites after such an event? Learn how a site on the East Pacific Rise was recolonized by distant populations of animals after a 2006 eruption and how its transformation has added to our understanding of how these communities persist in this unstable environment.