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General · 28th October 2013
Deb Cowper
As part of their Public Science Speaker Series Discovery Passage Aquarium and North Island College present a talk on ocean acidification by Dr. Katharina Fabricius, from the Australian Institute for Marine Sciences: When oceans go sour – what does it mean for us?

While “climate change” and “global warming” are now familiar terms their far reaching consequences are still being learned. “Ocean acidification” has not yet been headline news but it is happening in front of our eyes, and is being measured directly around the globe.

Join us and our special guest, Dr. Katharina Fabricius from the Australian Institute for Marine Sciences, who has studied the effects of ocean acidification and other environmental challenges on coral reefs world-wide. With over 2000 hours of scientific diving, over 100 published scientific papers and dozens of supervised graduate students to her credit, Dr. Fabricius will share her exciting first hand stories from coral reef research around Papua New Guinea’s underwater volcanoes, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and describe what it all means for our BC waters and local shellfish production.

“Though Discovery Passage Aquarium is now closed for the season, we will provide educational opportunities like this to the community throughout the year” says Deb Cowper, Aquarium Manager.

The talk is at the Maritime Heritage Centre, Thulin Room, from 7-8:30 on Monday, October 28th. Admission is by donation to Discovery Passage Aquarium.

“We are very excited to have a scientist of this caliber share her research experience” says North Island College Biology Instructor Sandra Milligan. “It is still really important for females of all ages to see women who have excelled in science.”

“Coral reefs and our own local waters may not seem closely connected” says Mark Wunsch, President of Discovery Passage SeaLife Society “but more and more carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil fuels dissolves in the ocean and forms acid. The consequences are dramatic and global. Coral reefs are shrinking, important tiny food organisms that feed fish and other organisms cannot grow anymore. North American shellfish is facing challenges to reproduce as their delicate baby shells dissolve as fast as they grow.”

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