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Microalgae: Tiny Giants of the Ocean Realm

Sea State Lectures
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Our continuing free public Joan M. Kelly Sea State lecture series is a unique educational opportunity, bringing world-renowned experts from our region and beyond to GMRI for one evening each month. Past topics have included right whales, bluefin tuna, climate change, and the future of the cod fishery in New England. We hope you will join us as we continue exploring the diversity of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem with this season's topic, "Amazing Algae."

Micro algae exist in the world’s oceans from the frozen seas of the Arctic, where they withstand subzero temperatures, to the sunlit tropical waters where massive UV radiation would destroy most organisms. Through their vast numbers and their role in photosynthesis, biomass production, and ecological function, they truly engineer the operation of major planetary biogeochemical cycles. In this talk, Graham Shimmield, Executive Director, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, will reveal the  wonder of these minuscule plants as seen through some of the very first microscopes, to the imposing power of modern electron microscopy.

Seating is limited. Please register below, or contact Sarah Longley at or (207) 228-1699 with any questions.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7:00. Free parking is available.