Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 7:00p -
New England Aquarium Simons IMAX Theatre
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Lectures & Conferences
WHAT: Waters all over the world are warming. However, due to its unique oceanography, the Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest warming regions of the global ocean. The warming of the waters off New England has led to declines in important commercial species such as northern shrimp and cod, but it is also creating new opportunities as warmer-water species move northward. Join Dr. Pershing to hear how the rapid warming in the Gulf of Maine gives us a unique opportunity to understand how ocean animals respond to changes in temperature and how we can prepare for the changes that we know are coming.
WHO: Dr. Andrew J. Pershing has been Chief Scientific Officer of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland since 2014. He runs the institute’s Ecosystem Modeling Lab and his research focuses on the causes and consequences of changing conditions in the Gulf of Maine. He is an expert on how climate variability and climate change impacts ecosystems in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. He uses a variety of techniques, including analysis of past changes in the physical and ecological conditions as well as advanced mathematical and computer models of how marine populations change over time. He studies zooplankton, especially copepods – a rice grain-sized crustaceans – and lobsters, herring, cod, salmon, Bluefin tuna, and right whales.
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: New England Aquarium Simons IMAX Theatre, Central Wharf, Boston
HOW: Pre-registration is encouraged on the Aquarium’s website, http://www.neaq.org/learn/lectures/upcoming-lectures/%20
or call 617-973-5200 for more information.
NOTE: The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Registration is requested. Most lectures are recorded and available for viewing on the New England Aquarium YouTube channel.