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Ocean Scientists, Sylvia Earle at UNH Friday for Ocean Literacy Summit

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
November 10, 2010

This Friday, more than 100 ocean scientists, educators and policy makers from around New England will come to UNH for the 2010 Ocean Literacy Summit hosted by the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative. The summit, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Granite State Room of the MUB, features a keynote address by Paul Snelgrove, lead scientist for the Census of Marine Life, and a panel discussion of Census of Marine Life researchers that includes associate professor of history Jeffrey Bolster. 

Concluding the summit, renowned ocean scientist Sylvia Earle will deliver a public lecture, “We Are All Sea Creatures,” at 5:30 Friday in the Granite State Room of the MUB. Tickets to Earle’s talk and a pre-lecture reception (4:30 in the Swampscott Room of Holloway Commons) are available for $20. Faculty, staff, and student tickets to the lecture only are available for $10. Register online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/gommea, or pay at the door.

The ten-year Census of Marine Life – a major global collaboration that released findings last month in London -- engaged scientists and historians from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to gather, share, and analyze information on the Northeast and beyond, making comparisons of marine environments across time and space. The Census found that the Gulf of Maine is home to more than 4,000 known species, more than double previous estimates.

Bolster, who will participate in a panel at 2 p.m., was one of the lead investigators for the Census’s History of Marine Animal Populations project in the U.S.; he will discuss research that has shown that virtually all areas of the Gulf of Maine, from the intertidal zone to the deep basins, have been affected by humans. Some changes have been occurring for decades, and in some cases, centuries.  “The more we understand the past,” says Bolster, “the better we can manage for the future.”

To learn more about the Ocean Literacy Summit, go to http://www.neosec.org/previous-summits/2010-summit. To attend the Summit meetings, register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/attendee_survey; the registration fee of $60 can be paid at the door. For additional information, contact Mark Wiley of N.H. Sea Grant, who is the UNH host of this event, at mark.wiley@unh.edu.

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