Guest Expert: Dr. Amy Maas
Date of Webinar: December 11, 2013, 4pm (EST)
Topic: Ocean Acidification and its impact on pteropods
Title: Peril of the sea butterfly: Pteropods – A case study on the biology of ocean acidification
Description: Ocean acidification can affect the biology of marine organisms through two mechanisms: pH imbalance and calcification stress. Biologists are using a number of experimental methods and research tools to try to predict how this will affect individual species and the ecosystems they inhabit. Research into thecosome pteropods, a group of pelagic snails that have become the poster child of the perils of acidification, give insight into the current state of ocean acidification research and the way scientists are exploring this problem.
Guest Expert Bio: Dr. Maas grew up in Ohio and had no intentional plans of becoming a marine biologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hiram College with a senior thesis focusing on vertebrate anatomy in 2006. She then went on to do graduate work at the University of Rhode Island where a few oceanographic trips to both Antarctica and the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean piqued her passion for pteropods. She subsequently received her Ph.D. from the Biology department at the University of Rhode Island in 2011 and since then she has been working as a postdoctoral scholar, then postdoctoral investigator, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Dr. Maas’ Presentation:
Watch the Recorded Webinar – http://oceanleadership.adobeconnect.com/p7qawe7ycdd/
Resources: YouTube link in presentation
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