Climate Change in Long Island Sound presentation Norwalk CT Apr 24

Submitted by Northeast Science Center Collaborative
2006-04-12 18:25:43

Invitation: Meet the Scientists

The Northeast Science Center collaborative (a partnership of the Connecticut Science Center Collaborative and the New England Science Center Collaborative) presents: Meet the Scientists - a program linking research institutions to science centers and the public for education about climate change.

Climate Change in Long Island Sound
Hosted by
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

Monday, April 24, 2006 10am - 3:00pm

The Presenters (biographical information below)
Alistair Duncan Macgregor Dove Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University: The Role of Climate in the Emergence of Marine Diseases: The Lobster Die-off
Johan Varekamp, Ph.D. - Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, Wesleyan University: Environmental Changes in Long Island Sound: Rising Tides, Hypoxic Waters and Shifting Ecosystems

Tour of the Maritime Aquarium - You will have a unique opportunity to take a behind the scenes tour at the Maritime Aquarium and learn how Aquarium staff care for sharks, jellies, sea turtles and more than 1,000 other species.

Reserve your seat: Please register by April 21, 2006. Space is limited and seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration is $10 with a lunch included. You can register and pay online at

Directions: To the program and an agenda will be e-mailed to registrants. For more information please contact: Cheyenne Wright at: or 603-422-6464 x101.

Biographical Information about the Presenters:

Alistair Duncan Macgregor Dove Ph.D.
Dr. Dove became fascinated with parasites after getting infected with bird schistosomes on an undergraduate marine biology field trip. Since that time he has studied in several different fields of parasitology including taxonomy, ecology, life-cycles and pathology. His
research interests include studying environmental modulators of disease in particular the influence of climate change on host-pathogen interaction. Since 2000, Dr. Dove has been studying pathophysiology of lobsters in the troubled Long Island Sound population, and the distribution of mycobacteriosis in New York fishes. Dr. Dove seeks to understand how these fascinating host-parasite relationships evolved, and how they function on ecological and evolutionary timescales.

Johan Varekamp, Ph.D.
Dr. Varekamp has begun a research program on the paleoenvironmental history of Long Island Sound which involves faunal, chemical, and isotopic studies of LIS sediment cores. He addresses the questions of pollution and change in water temperature, turbidity, and
salinity over the last 100 - 300 years. The big question he addresses is "Did anoxia/hypoxia occur in Long Island Sound prior to the industrial revolution and population increase?" Dr. Varekamp is reconstructing in great detail the environmental history of the last four centuries, and ultimately hopes to reconstruct the environmental history of Long Island Sound over the last 15,000 years.

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