Public Lecture to Examine Health of Pacific Coral Reefs

November 4th in Falmouth
Jeff Schell, Associate Professor of Oceanography (SEA photo)

Sea Education Association (SEA) will host a public lecture, “Chasing Coral Reef Resilience across the Central Pacific” on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 pm. Jeff Schell, Associate Professor of Oceanography, will deliver the lecture, the second of SEA’s Fall Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Association, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

About the Lecture

In 2016, students at Sea Education Association joined the scientific community on the front lines of climate change research to study coral bleaching caused by the 2015 record-breaking El Nino. The students, who were enrolled in SEA’s Pacific Reef Expedition, sailed thousands of miles to remote regions of the Central Pacific. What they found was disheartening: once thriving coral reef ecosystems reduced to bleached, lifeless deserts.

 

This past summer, SEA Semester students set out to see if those same coral reefs had recovered with the return of cooler waters. They embarked on a 2,600 nautical mile research voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii in a chase for coral reef resilience.

 

Learn more about this epic voyage, and its research findings, in what is certain to be a fascinating and illuminating lecture.

 

About the Lecturer

Associate Professor of Oceanography Jeff Schell joined the faculty at Sea Education Association in 2003. He received an undergraduate degree at College of the Holy Cross, a Master’s in Marine Environmental Studies at State of University of New York at Stony Brook, and a PhD in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Wisconsin. His research area and interests include ecology and conservation of freshwater ecosystems, the Sargasso Sea, environmental history and natural history illustration.

 

About Sea Education Association/SEA Semester® Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. For 45 years and more than one million nautical miles sailed, SEA has educated students about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester. SEA/SEA Semester is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts and has two research vessels: the SSV Corwith Cramer, operating in the Atlantic Ocean, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans, operating in the Pacific. In 2016, SEA was honored with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for its role in promoting the public understanding of science and engineering.


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