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Kakani Katija: Exploring Earth's final frontier, the Ocean's Twilight Zone (PUBLIC)

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 7:30 PM
Boat Works Lecture Hall, Hopkins Marine Station
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Hopkins Marine Station

The midwater region of the ocean is one of the largest ecosystems on our planet, yet remains one of the least explored. Little-known marine organisms that live midwater have developed fascinating life strategies that contribute to their evolutionary success, but we lack tools to quantify the interactions that midwater organisms have with their physical environment. The Bioinspiration Lab at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is working to address this need by pursuing a number of technology projects involving robotic platforms with novel imaging tools. Some of these projects have already contributed to our understanding of how giant larvaceans play a role in cycling of microplastics and carbon through food webs. In this talk, come with me on a journey of midwater exploration and discovery and learn how these technologies will begin to reveal life in our planet’s final frontier.

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