Science Workshop: Exotoxicology through the lens of ecology and evolution: Insights from aquatic ecosystems

Dr. Rick Relyea, Professor of Biological Sciences at RPI, will present at science workshop this week, Friday, March 27 from 1:00-2:00 pm in Dickinson 232. Dr. Relyea will discuss the impact of herbicides and insecticides on aquatic communities.  How have animals in these communities responded to these stressors? Here are links to Dr. Relyea’s lab website and a paper about the evolution of pesticide resistance in amphibians.

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Three exciting events that highlight our understanding of the ocean:

Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm in CAPA Symposium

Ocean Apocalypse Woodworth Science Lecture will be presented by distinguished marine scientist Dr. Jeremy Jackson, Professor of Oceanography and Director Geosciences Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Jackson’s seminal work on the loss of ocean biodiversity has informed scientists, governments, NGOs and citizen groups all around the world. He warns that saving the oceans and ourselves will require fundamental changes in how we live.

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Friday, March 14 at 11:45-12:45, downstairs in Dickinson

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Pizza Poster Session. Join us for pizza and other cool stuff as students from the Bennington Coral Reef Project display their research.



Friday, March 14 at 1:00-2:00 pm, Dickinson 225



Science Workshop. 

Finally, at this week’s Science Workshop, two distinguished marine scientists will present their current research:



Dr. Nancy KnowltonNew genetic approaches to understanding marine diversity

Dr. Jeremy JacksonThe future of Caribbean Coral Reefs                                        

We hope you can come to all of these events.

Field Course in Coral Reef Science

learning to divebenn studentsWhat were 11 students and 2 science professors doing on the caribbean island of Grand Cayman this past January? SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and studying the biology and chemistry of the coral reef environment. Students did research on fish diversity and temperature and pH of the ocean and tide pools. The data they gathered will be submitted to (an international clearinghouse for reef fish diversity used by scientists, governments, and NGOs around the world). Coral reefs are among the most diverse, unique and beautiful of ecosystems on the planet. Their very existence is threatened, however, due to numerous and rapid environmental perturbations generated by humans.

The students will report the results of their research in a poster session in March during the visit of world renowned marine biologists Dr. Jeremy Jackson and Dr. Nancy Knowlton.

What drives speciation in chimpanzees?

Dr. Katy GonderKaty_with_Nanga_200x267 of the University at Albany, will present her research on primate biogeography, behavior, and ecology with particular attention to

PNAS_coverour closest living relative, the chimpanzee.  Dr. Gonder’s work has taken her to Cameroon and Nigeria and she has recently initiated The Tropical Rainforest Education Experiment.  Join us for Dr. Gonder’s science workshop presentation on Friday, Sept. 27 from 1:00-2:00 pm in Dickinson 225.