Lecture: The Search for the Last Virgin Coral Reefs by Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Fellow, Friday, December 4, Noon, Coastal Institute Auditorium, URI Narragansett Bay Campus
Dr. Sala’s public lecture will focus on his National Geographic’s Pristine Seas expeditions. Sala believes what we think are natural coral reefs are not, because most scientific studies have been conducted on degraded reefs. A series of recent expeditions to a few remote, pristine reefs in the central Pacific have revealed a world that was unknown to most people, including reefs where predators are more abundant than their prey. His research has provided clues to what is truly natural in the ocean, offering important implications for their future.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
Book Signing: World Ocean Census: A Global Survey of Marine Life
This illustrated 256-page book tells the amazing inside story of the Census of Marine Life. Published by Firefly Books and written by Census Education and Outreach Team members Darlene Crist, Gail Scowcroft, and James Harding, with a foreword written by Sylvia Earle, the book highlights the stories behind the Census through lively text and over 250 images, the majority graciously provided by Census scientists. The book sets the stage for the release of the first Census of Marine Life in 2010. Friday, December 4, 11 am-Noon and 1-2 pm. Books may be purchased at the Coastal Institute Bookstore prior to and following the Fish Lecture.