Bringing Light to the Depths of the Ocean

Friday, November 16, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Holloway Commons Squamscot Room
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The SMSOE Seminar Series Welcomes

Eric Cordes, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Temple University

Dr. Cordes works in some of the most remote environments on Earth through his exploration of the deep sea. He has worked on the ecology and conservation of the deep sea for more than 20 years.

The deep ocean is under increasing pressure from human economic and industrial development, and yet it remains largely unexplored. This exploration is central to the research in the Cordes lab, but it is carried out in the context of ecological theory and specific hypotheses. Studies include the effects of ocean acidification on deep-sea corals, impacts of oil drilling on the deep sea, the influence of natural hydrocarbon seepage on deep-sea ecosystems, and the ecology of seamounts.

Translating this research into a message that can be grasped by the public is critical to making these ecosystems priorities for conservation. This will be a discussion of the science of deep-sea exploration and research, but will also focus on how this work has been communicated to both the general public and the decision makers who are incorporating it into policy.

Erik Cordes on deck with deep sea equipment
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