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Fall Faculty Lecture Series: What’s the Story with Sargassum?

October 18, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Fall Faculty Lecture Series, What’s the Story with Sargassum?

If you’ve vacationed in the Caribbean recently, you may have encountered a flood of golden brown Sargassum. The abundant seaweed’s economic impacts on tourism and fishing even prompted Trinidad to deem the situation a natural disaster.

But there’s far more to Sargassum than its tendency to pile up on beaches and tangle with boat propellers. In this illustrated lecture, three SEA Semester scientists will share surprising discoveries from sea about this biologically important ocean flora, including the diverse creatures that interact with it, from familiar sea turtles and flying fish to lesser-known camouflaged crabs.

Join us for a virtual research expedition to the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, where SEA Semester students and scientists on recent high seas sailing voyages have been using old-school techniques and cutting-edge technology to better understand where all this Sargassum is coming from—and its implications for marine environments.

About the Lecturers

Dr. Deb Goodwin is a SEA Semester Assistant Professor of Oceanography. She holds a PhD in oceanography from University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Jeff Schell is a SEA Semester Associate Professor of Oceanography and director of the Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program. He holds a PhD in aquatic ecology from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Amy Siuda is a SEA Semester Associate Professor of Oceanography and director of the Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program. She holds a PhD in biological oceanography from University of Connecticut.

Free and Open to the Public 508-540-3954


October 18, 2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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