Friends of Oceanography Breakfast Lecture
to Focus on Crabs and Clams
Narragansett, R.I. -- September 26, 2000 -- The public is invited to
attend a free Community Breakfast Lecture, sponsored by Friends of Oceanography,
to be held on Wednesday, October 11, at 9 a.m. in the Coastal Institute
Building on the URI Bay Campus. The lecture is part of a series featuring
the research of URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) students.
The October 11 lecture, "Crabs or Clams--Who Benefits Most When
There Is Not Enough Oxygen," features biological oceanography Ph.D.
candidate David Taylor of East Greenwich.
Taylor will present the results of his research which examined
the predator-prey dynamics between the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus,
and the soft-shelled clam, Mya arenaria, and the potential impacts
of hypoxia, the deficiency of dissolved oxygen in the water.
Taylor, a native of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, received a B.A. from
Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and an M.S. from North Carolina
State University in Raleigh. Under the guidance of his major professor,
Dr. Jeremy Collie, his research focuses on the effects of increased water
temperature on the predator-prey interaction between the sand shrimp Crangon
septemspinosa and the young-of-the-year winter flounder prey. Taylor
has a two-year assistantship to run the GSO fish trawl, a bottom-trawl survey
conducted in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. The trawl survey,
which quantifies the abundance of fish and invertebrate species in the area,
has been an on-going project for more than 40 years.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Coffee and muffins will
be served. For more information, call Friends of Oceanography at (401) 874-6602.
Friends of Oceanography is a community-based membership organization
established in 1986 to support the educational and public programs of the
URI Graduate School of Oceanography. Friends provides financial support
of fellowships for GSO students, and other research, education, and outreach
activities. The organization also helps sponsor a variety of special events
such as The JASON Project, oceanography lectures, the Annual Friends of
Oceanography Auction, open houses, and the Narragansett Bay Classroom.
Visit the URI Graduate School of Oceanography website:
Lisa Cugini, 874-6642, firstname.lastname@example.org