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2001 Fish Lecture at URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Explores Deep-Sea Life at Underwater Hot Springs

Narragansett, RI -- October 30, 2001 -- The public is invited to attend the twelfth annual Charles and Marie Fish Lecture in Oceanography hosted by the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. This year's lecture features deep-sea biologist Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover, a faculty member in the Biology Department at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her illustrated talk will be on "Where the Wild Things Are: Explorations at Deep-Sea Hot Springs." The free lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 13, at noon in the Coastal Institute Auditorium at the URI Narragansett Bay Campus.

Van Dover’s research focuses on the biology of hydrothermal vents. She is an active participant and chief scientist in field programs to hydrothermal vents, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Her colorful lecture will feature her current research on biodiversity and biogeography of vent faunas.

While at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the 1990s, Van Dover was pilot-in-command on 48 dives aboard the deep-diving submersible ALVIN. Her work with ALVIN took her to nearly all of the known vent fields in the Atlantic and Pacific, as well as to deep-water sea mounts, seeps, and other significant seafloor features.

Van Dover received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University, an M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Program. She has published 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and Deep-Ocean Journeys, a popular book for the lay audience about the deep sea and her experiences as an ALVIN pilot.

The annual Charles and Marie Fish Lecture in Oceanography is supported by income from the Charlie and Bobbie Fish Endowment for Oceanography, established in 1989 by Marilyn Fish Munro in memory of her parents. An oceanographer who specialized in marine zooplankton, Charles J. Fish started the University of Rhode Island's first marine biological program as part of the Department of Zoology. His wife, Marie Poland Fish, well known for her pioneering work on the fish of Lake Erie, later became a world expert in marine acoustics. It was through their joint efforts that a graduate program in oceanography was established at the Narragansett Marine Laboratory, which later became URI's Graduate School of Oceanography.

Past presenters of the prestigious Fish Lecture include Sir Crispin Tickell, British permanent representative to the United Nations and the Security Council; Charles Alexander, senior editor at Time magazine; Dr. Sylvia Earle, advisor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Dr. Bruce Robison, senior scientist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; educator and naturalist Richard Wheeler; Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Chief Scientist and former astronaut; Dr. Orrin Pilkey, Professor of Geology at Duke University; Dr. John Morrissey, president of the American Elasmobranch (shark and rays) Society; Dr. Carl Safina, founding director of the Audubon Society’s Living Oceans Program for marine conservation; and Sandy Tolan, freelance journalist and independent radio producer.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Call the URI Office of Marine Programs at (401) 874-6211 for more information or directions.

Contact: Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642,

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