Seminar Series

Our Tuesday evening 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

Aaron Rice

Dr. Aaron Rice

Speaker: Dr. Aaron Rice
Title: Calling Whales and Chorusing Fishes as Sentinels of Human Influence on Marine Ecosystems
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Bio: Dr. Aaron N. Rice is Principal Ecologist at the Center for Conservation Bioacoustics in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of acoustic communication in aquatic vertebrates, and how bioacoustics can provide actionable conservation information for managing vulnerable species. He leads the research efforts focused on bioacoustic and ecological analyses of marine animals in diverse projects ranging from the U.S. Atlantic Coast (from Maine to Florida), Africa, Bermuda, Philippines, Gulf of Mexico, Australia, and Arctic waters. In 2014, he was awarded the Partners in Conservation Award from the U.S. Department of Interior for using bioacoustic approaches in protected species’ population assessments While most of his research efforts are on fish and whales, he has current grants and bioacoustics publications on birds, amphibians, rodents, and soundscapes. Aaron has a B.S. from Davison College, a Master's from the Boston University Marine Program, a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and did his postdoc at Cornell.


Future Speakers

Date and Time Speaker Registration
June 8, 2020, 12:00 PM Dr. Liz Craig, Tern Conservation Program Manager, Shoals Marine Laboratory Register
June 16, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Ian Hewson, Cornell University  
June 23, 2020, 7:30 PM Brian Skerry, Photojournalist  
June 30, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Michelle Staudinger, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, Department of the Interior  
July 7, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Jonathan Grabowski, Northeastern University  
July 14, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Brian Silliman, Duke University  
July 21, 2020, 7:30 PM Doug Rasher, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences  
July 28, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Willy Bemis, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University  
August 4, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Jarrett Byrnes, UMass Boston  
August 11, 2020, 7:30 PM Steve De Neef, Photographer  
August 18, 2020, 7:30 PM Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudett, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of NOAA