Global Trade, Ballast Water and Invasive Species On Ships
Speaker: Greg Ruiz, principal investigator of SERC's Marine Invasions Research Lab
Every year, U.S. ports see roughly 100,000 ship arrivals. In addition to cargo, many ships unwittingly carry tiny organisms inside their hulls, in the tanks of ballast water they use for balance. Global trade is enabling invasive species to cross borders via shipping at unprecedented speeds. But it’s also triggered the rise of new technologies to combat them. In this talk, SERC marine biologist Greg Ruiz will highlight some of the latest efforts to track and clean up the ballast water in ship hulls and prevent future invasions.
SERC's evening lectures take place in the Schmidt Conference Center every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm, January through October. The event is free, though our volunteers will happily take cash to support the snack table. No advance registration necessary.