URI to Host Lectures on “State of Our Oceans”

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography will host an eight-part lecture series on the ocean environment, including discussions of ocean exploration, threatened habitats, ocean policy, climate change, and oceans and human health.

The free public lectures will be held Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on URI’s Kingston campus.

The first lecture, to be held on Feb. 8, will feature a discussion of how ocean acidification is affecting marine ecosystems with: Brad Seibel, URI associate professor of biological sciences; Andrew Dickson, professor of marine chemistry at the University of California at San Diego: and Anne Cohen, a research specialist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Other scheduled speakers include URI oceanographer Robert Ballard on March 29, and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Apr. 26. For more about the series, visit http://www.uri.edu/vetlesen/.


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