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Garbology: The Science Behind Recycling

Garbology: The Science Behind Recycling

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Eric Hollinger, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Pre-registration Required
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Eric Hollinger at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. (Credit: Francisco Guerra, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives)

What happens to the bottles, cans and paper we throw in the recycling bin? And what does it take to inspire more people to use these bins in the first place? Discover the hidden side of recycling with Eric Hollinger, an archaeologist who helped launch a massive recycling effort across the Smithsonian.

Our winter evening lectures run every Tuesday at 7pm from Feb. 12 through March 12. Doors open at 6:30pm with light refreshments. Lectures are free; donations are appreciated. No RSVP required—a curious mind is the only requirement. Stay tuned for our monthly series, starting March 19!

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Adrift: Lessons From The Japanese Tsunami About Marine Life On Ocean Debris

Adrift: Lessons From The Japanese Tsunami About Marine Life On Ocean Debris

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Linsey Haram, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Pre-registration Required
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Event Details

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Photo: Stephen Page

Plastics in the ocean have been making waves for their impacts on marine life, but they have another surprising consequence: Invasive species are able to raft on them all the way across the sea. In this talk, marine biologist Linsey Haram will reveal how debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami carried hundreds of species across the Pacific, where they washed up on the shores of the U.S. and Canada. She’ll also narrate how scientists are exploring the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to see what other species are surviving on pieces of floating trash. 

Our winter evening lectures run every Tuesday at 7pm from Feb. 12 through March 12. Doors open at 6:30pm with light refreshments. Lectures are free; donations are appreciated. No RSVP required—a curious mind is the only requirement. Stay tuned for our monthly series, starting March 19!

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Oysters and Restoration: Potential for a Future Chesapeake

Oysters and Restoration: Potential for a Future Chesapeake

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Ogburn, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Pre-registration Required
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Event Details

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Oysters and the reefs they create are iconic natural features of Chesapeake Bay. Today, watermen, scientists, managers, conservation groups and a wide range of other stakeholders are coming together to reinvigorate the shellfish. They’re undertaking large-scale efforts to restore oyster reefs, rebuild fisheries and expand oyster aquaculture. In this talk, SERC ecologist Matt Ogburn will give an update on the state of Chesapeake oysters and share insights from SERC’s ongoing oyster research.

SERC's monthly evening lectures run every third Tuesday of the month, from March through October. Lectures are free and open to all: No RSVP required!

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