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‘Zooplankton tales’ the subject of URI oceanography lecture Mar. 22

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – March 20, 2006 – University of Rhode Island Oceanography Professor Karen Wishner will present a lecture entitled “Living in Suboxia, and Other Zooplankton Tales” as part of the Graduate School of Oceanography’s Inaugural Lecture Series.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 12:30 p.m. in Corliss Auditorium on URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus. It is free and open to the public.

According to Wishner, her lecture “will highlight some interesting research on the characteristics and significance of zooplankton distributions and processes in low-oxygen regions of the ocean and their potential significance for understanding global climate cycles.”

Wishner's research focuses on marine zooplankton ecology, deep-sea biology, and the biology of low oxygen environments. She has conducted research in oceans around the world, including Georges Bank and the Arabian Sea, and most recently she has been involved in exploring hydrothermal vents on a submarine volcano in the Caribbean.

She teaches graduate level courses on zooplankton and marine zooplankton ecology and an undergraduate course on deep-sea biology. Wishner earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego.

The Inaugural Lecture Series is presented by newly promoted oceanography professors at URI and are designed to inform the scientific community and the general public about research being conducted by URI marine scientists. Wishner was recently promoted to full professor.