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

URI Breakfast Lecture Examines
Oxygen Levels in Narragansett Bay

Narragansett, R.I. -- September 18, 2003 -- Lack of oxygen in a body of water can have devastating effects, such as the recent fish kill in Greenwich Bay.

The level of oxygen in Narragansett Bay is the subject of a URI Friends of Oceanography Breakfast Lecture entitled "Holding Your Breath: Where’s the Oxygen in Narragansett Bay?"

The public is invited to attend the lecture on Thursday, October 2, at 9 a.m. in the Coastal Institute Auditorium on the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett. The lecture is part of a series featuring the research of URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) students. The speaker will be chemical oceanography Ph.D. candidate Deanna Bergondo of Pawcatuck, CT.

Using time-series measurements collected in Upper Narragansett Bay and the Providence River during the summers of 2001 and 2002, Bergondo will focus on the low oxygen events that occurred in the bottom waters during these periods and the factors leading up to the events. She will also demonstrate how numerical models can be used to gain a better understanding of these events.

Originally from Edison, NJ, Bergondo received a B.A. in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and a Master’s degree in ocean engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Her research interests include coastal processes, estuarine circulation, hypoxia and numerical modeling. She is working on her Ph.D. in oceanography under the guidance of geological oceanographer Dr. Christopher Kincaid.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Coffee and muffins will be served. For more information, call Friends of Oceanography at (401) 874-6642.

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 oceanography lecture series, open houses at the Bay Campus, The JASON Project, and the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

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