Dr. Kenneth Coale, Moss Landing Marine Labs
Moss Landing Marine Labs Seminar Series - May 10th, 2018
Hosted by the Ichthyology Lab
MLML Seminar Room, 4pm
Open to the public
The oceans, directly or indirectly, play a significant role in controlling almost every biological, physical, geological, climatological, process that occurs in the earth’s biosphere. Due to their vastness and inherent inhospitable nature, they are severely understudied and are now shifting rapidly as a result of climate change. Increasingly, decision makers are turning to marine scientists for guidance in the development and application of solutions to problems affecting them. Oceanographic research should therefore, be an area of rich study. For several reasons, however, the efforts to understand these systems have disproportionately lagged other areas of environmental science. One reason recently identified by the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is the lack of familiarity that many young investigators have with the complex facilities and infrastructure necessary to access and perform research at sea. In a recent survey, UNOLS also noted that many young investigators have little experience organizing an oceanographic field campaign, are unfamiliar with the observational and sample recovery technologies, and have the belief that such research is too expensive. In a conversational format, Kenneth Coale will discuss the basic aspects and challenges of using these platforms and share some scientific life-lessons learned from leading over 50 oceanographic cruises on ships large and small.