Seminar Series

Our seminar series (Rock Talks) is a long-standing and well-loved tradition at SML. Historically, faculty members and guest speakers would gather students out on the rocky shoreline of Appledore Island (giving the Rock Talk series its name), and present anything from a natural history seminar to a demonstration dissection. Today, Rock Talks are going digital! Each rock talk highlights the work of visiting scholars, alumni, faculty, or staff, and presents a new and exciting perspective on science. Rock Talks are open to the public - advance registration is required.

Upcoming Speaker

Dr. Mike Sigler

Speaker: Dr. Mike Sigler, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (retired)
Date and Time: Thursday, October 22, 12:00 PM
Title: Climate Change and Alaska Marine Ecosystems
Topic: Sea ice extent and duration define marine ecosystems in Alaska. Loss of sea ice, marine heatwaves, and ocean acidification influence these ecosystems. Dr. Mike Sigler will describe these observed changes and predictions for future forecasts based on our understanding of climate effects. Given the complexity and non-linear nature of ecological relationships, as well as the increasing frequency and intensity of warm years, these predictions remain relatively uncertain.
Bio: Dr. Mike Sigler co-teaches the class Integrated Ecosystem Research and Management at Shoals Marine Laboratory and was a Shoals Undergraduate Research Group (SURG) mentor in 2020. He retired from the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau, Alaska in 2017 with over 30 years of research experience in Alaska in marine ecology and fisheries stock assessment.

Future Speakers

November 5, 2020, 12:00 PM Dr. Brian Cheng, UMass Amherst Register
November 19, 2020, 12:00 PM Dr. Ester Quintana-Rizzo, Boston University Register
December 3, 2020, 12:00 PM Dr. Nishad Jayasundara, University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences Register
December 17, 2020, 12:00 PM Speaker TBA  

Past Seminars

Dr. Willy Bemis: Rachel Carson and the Gulf of Maine, with comments on Woods Hole, MA
Michelle Staudinger: The impacts of warming due to climate change in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem
Dr. Aaron Rice: Calling Whales and Chorusing Fishes as Sentinels of Human Influence on Marine Ecosystems
Owen Nichols: Community-based Collaborative Fisheries Research: Fishermen and Scientists Working Together
Dr. Jarrett Byrnes: Understanding Changes in Kelp Forest Around the World and Around Appledore
Dr. Brian Silliman: Sea Rescue: Marine species partnerships restoring our coastal ecosystems
Dr. Ian Hewson: Red herrings, misleading results and redefining a disease: Sea star wasting in a changing ocean

Seabirds of NH - Dr. Liz Craig