Biochemistry Science on Tap
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) will be hosting Science on Tap, an event where participants can socialize and learn in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building (GVMSB) (2030 SE Marine Science Dr. in Newport), or watch remotely via Zoom. This event features Rene Boiteau, an assistant professor at Oregon State University and chemical oceanographer. The Boiteau Organic Biochemistry Lab’s current research focuses on understanding how microbes and plants impact the mobility and bioavailability of metals in the environment. The event is free and open to all; the talk begins at 6 p.m., preceded by a social hour.
About the talk:
“Several decades ago, oceanographers first recognized that the addition of iron to surface waters stimulates algal growth in over a third of the ocean. This realization sparked international efforts to understand the role that iron plays in regulating ocean ecosystems and global carbon cycling. How do feedbacks between climate, iron-rich dust deposition, and ocean productivity work? Can humans leverage iron fertilization to offset greenhouse gas emissions or boost fisheries?
Addressing these questions has required ocean scientists to develop new approaches to investigate the amount and origin of the small amounts of iron that is distributed throughout the ocean. Through the GEOTRACES program, a coordinated international effort to quantify metal concentrations and fluxes across the ocean, oceanographers are just now starting to understand the global-scale processes that regulate iron distributions and develop predictions of future changes.”
The event starts with a social hour. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from 5-6 p.m. in the GVMSB atrium, and the talk will begin in the auditorium and remotely via Zoom at 6 p.m.