Sunday, October 20
Alex Gagnon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chemical Oceanography University of Washington
The Fort Worden Chapel
(students, teachers FREE)
Alex Gagnon’s talk will focus on cold-water corals, including species native to the Pacific Northwest.
“Many coral reefs are in decline due to rising temperatures and ocean acidification," Gagnon said. "What few people know is that stony corals do not live just in the tropics. A few hardy species of stony corals grow right here in the Pacific Northwest.
"What is even more surprising is that these native corals record information about ocean chemistry as they grow and may hold the key to understanding how much humans have changed the pH of the Salish Sea,” he said.