Contact: Susan Joslin
MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The third presentation of the Marine Biological Laboratory’s (MBL) “Science Before Supper” series will be held on February 13, 2014 at the Falmouth Public Library. Linda Amaral-Zettler, Associate Scientist in the MBL’s Josephine Bay Paul Center will present a talk titled “Welcome to the Plastisphere: the New World of Microbes Living on Ocean Plastic.” Amaral Zettler will discuss her work, which is uncovering a diverse multitude of microbes inhabiting plastic marine debris floating on the ocean.
Linda Amaral-Zettler is a microbial ecologist and a biological oceanographer by training. Research in her laboratory investigates the relationships between microbes and the environment, focusing on mechanisms that determine microbial diversity, distribution, survival, and impact on local and global processes. As part of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health, her laboratory employs next generation sequencing techniques to understand the presence and persistence of pathogens and harmful algal blooming species in the natural and man-made environment, and pathogen pollution along trade routes via the aquarium fish pet trade. Amaral-Zettler’s research spans the fields of microbial ecology, molecular ecology, molecular evolution, cell-physiology, phylogenetics, comparative molecular biology and biogeography.
The remaining talk for this season will be held on March 13, 2014. Speaker and topic is to be announced.
For more information about the Science Before Supper series, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423; firstname.lastname@example.org or the Falmouth Library at (508) 457-2555.