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Microbes Munch Methane: how microbes reduce methane emissions from the oceans.

Special summer lecture series in collaboration with the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Woodwell Climate Research Center.

Join us for the second installment of this series featuring Emil Ruff, Assistant Scientist: “Microbial ecology and ecophysiology.” at Ecosystems Center and Josephine Bay Paul Center, Marine Biological Laboratory.

Microorganisms play a vital role in the Earth’s carbon cycle. They can be a source or a sink of the greenhouse gas methane. In this presentation we will dive to the murky depths of the ocean and visit otherworldly landscapes that harbor microorganisms eating methane. Together these methane munchers remove millions of tons of methane from the world oceans, methane which otherwise may enter the atmosphere and accelerate climate change.

The series will explore the synergies between art and science as a way to communicate important issues surrounding the environment and planetary health while inspiring change and stimulating action. In conjunction with two exhibitions at Highfield, SEAChange: Meditations on Sustainability and Turn the Tide: Courtney Mattison, participating artists and scientists will discuss a range of topics, including ocean acidification and coral bleaching, biofuels and the Blue Economy, mapping as an artform and a communication tool, plastics in the ocean, and art as means to amplify science and transform how we learn about the world.

Register online now or give us a call at 508-495-1878, ext. 2

Lecture series is sponsored by the Woods Hole Foundation and the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation.
Turn the Tide: Courtney Mattison is a collaboration between Highfield Hall & Gardens and the Marine Biological Laboratory.  The exhibition is sponsored by the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation, The Martha’s Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation, and the Woods Hole Foundation.



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