Presentation on Algal Blooms

April 20, 2021 - 6:00 PM
Hatfield Marine Science Center

Purple tide.\Photo by Andre' Hagestedt.

We have yet to return to the days when science-lovers could gather to hoist a beer while learning about the latest research.  Nevertheless, the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap series persists online.  You have to BYOB, but the virtual talks are just as interesting.

Next up on Tuesday, April 20, 6 p.m., is Vera Trainer speaking on “Are Harmful Algal Blooms Getting Worse?”  Dr. Trainer is supervisory oceanographer with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, a branch of NOAA. 

Why are crab and clam fisheries closures happening with greater frequency over the last several years?  What can we do about this?  Although algae produce over half the world’s oxygen and sequester carbon, some of them can kill birds, marine mammals and people and result in millions of dollars of fishery harvest losses, due to their unpredictability. Research to understand the environmental conditions that are causing harmful algal blooms (HABs) to get worse with climate change is important and will lead to strategies to reduce then their occurrence, severity and financial impacts.

Dr. Trainer will focus on research on harmful algal blooms off the Oregon coast that is leading to HAB forecasts.  Her current research on harmful algal blooms focuses on the assessment of climatic factors that influence toxic bloom development and understanding susceptibility of shellfish and marine mammals to toxins in their environment. Her recent publications demonstrate the influence of climate change, particularly basin-wide elevations in temperature, on the increased intensity of harmful algal blooms in the northeast Pacific. This work has led a comprehensive "ecological forecast" to alert tribal, state, and federal managers to toxic events that threaten coastal shellfish harvest 

To join the Science on Tap session, go here.

Or call: +1 971 247 1195 Webinar ID: 931 2145 4430

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