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Visit Pepper, the Robot

Visit Pepper, the Robot

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Reed Education Center

Meet our robot docent, Pepper, this Saturday! Pepper can dance, play games, pose for photos and tell stories SERC science. Pepper will be greeting visitors at our Reed Education Center.

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Pepper

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Tales from the High Seas

Tales from the High Seas

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speakers: Matt Rutherford and Nicole Trenholm

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The Ocean Research Project (ORP), a nonprofit organization based out of Annapolis, is dedicated to reversing humanity’s negative impact on the ocean through science, exploration and education. It is run by Matt Rutherford and Nicole Trenholm, who have sailed over 16,000 miles collecting data for SERC and other research organizations. Their voyages range from gathering ocean carbon data 700 miles from the North Pole to chasing tagged fish in the Chesapeake and encouraging sailors to become citizen scientists tracking fish along the East Coast. In our April 16 lecture, Matt and Nicole will share their tales from the high seas (and the Arctic Ocean), and talk about the increasing problem of plastic at sea and the challenges facing the planet from ocean acidification. Please join us for an evening of science and storytelling.

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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Photo courtesy of Ocean Research Project

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The legacy of stress: How parental and early life experience shape organisms response to their environments

The legacy of stress: How parental and early life experience shape organisms response to their environments

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Sarah Donelan, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

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Summary: Organisms' ability to cope with environmental stressors is often attributed to differences in genetics or phenotype changes within a single generation. However, stress response can also change via parental effects, which occur when the environment experienced by parents influences the development of offspring, or through carryover effects, when an individual's previous experiences impact their subsequent characteristics. My research explores how these parental and carryover effects can impact organisms' responses to two key environmental stressors—predation risk and climate change—using two coastal systems. My work suggests that transgenerational and early life effects can strongly impact organisms and the communities in which they reside, and should be incorporated into our assessments of how organisms will respond to environmental change. 

Our Thursday seminars are open to the public. Since they are directed towards scientists, they are more technical than our evening lectures. View our evening lecture lineup.

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