Science Pub Examines a Warming Planet’s Oceans

By Kirsten Allen

SciencePubScience Pub falls on Monday, May 12 this month; for this iteration the effects of global climate change on our oceans and associated challenges will be on the docket. These include warming temperatures, lower oxygen, acidification, and a lack of biological productivity. The presentation seeks to open discussion on action needed to deter the most significant changes, which could very well be compounded by pollution, overfishing, sea level rise, and increasing storm activity.

The presentation by Andrew Thurber, a post-doctoral fellow in Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS), will be held in an informal, good-humored environment where all questions are welcome.

Thurber co-authored a report that appeared in the magazine PLOS Biology in October 2013. His research focuses on deep sea ecosystems, particularly invertebrates and their role in recycling nutrients. He has also conducted experiments on marine communities located near methane seeps around New Zealand and Costa Rica.

Science Pub discussions are held on the second Monday of each month, and are sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Downtown Corvallis Association, and Terra magazine at Oregon State University. All are welcome to join the conversation.

Science Pub will be at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd Street, on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. The talk is free to the public.