Coral Reef Talk in Charleston

April 1, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Boathouse Auditorium
Charleston, OR

Photo of Dr. Isabelle Cote.
Dr. Isabelle Cote.

The late Bayard McConnaughey was an Oregon Shores board member for three decades, from the 1970s to the early part of this century.  Among many other ways in which he contributed, he is the person who first pushed Oregon Shores into advocating for the creation of marine reserves, more than 15 years ago. He was also a professor at the University of Oregon who was a fixture at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston in its early years, training a generation of biologists. After his death, he was honored through the creation of the annual “Bayard McConnaughey Lecture” at OIMB.

On Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m., Dr. Isabelle Côté will be give this year’s McConnaughey lecture, a talk entitled, Caribbean Coral Reefs: The Oregon Connection, at OIMB’s Boathouse Auditorium.  (No, we don’t know what the connection is—you’ll have to attend the lecture to find out.  Given the date of the lecture, the connection may turn out to be that we all wish we were there rather than wallowing through the Oregon rain. The event is free and open to the public.

Isabelle Cote is a professor of marine ecology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C.  She received her doctorate from the University of Toronto, and then spent 15 years in Britain before returning to her native Canada in 2005.  Her research group studies ecological change on coral reefs, measures the global effective of marine protected areas in protecting fish and their habitats, and assesses the impacts of multiple “stressors” on such ecosystems. She has paid particular attention to marine invasive species. Although much of her work focuses on tropical habitats, she is also involved in researching and establishing marine protected areas in British Columbia. 

To reach the Boathouse auditorium, park along Boat Basin Dr. facing OIMB, then walk past the Coast Guard barracks on the unpaved road.