November 10, 2018
Oliver Shipley, Stony Brook University. In the media, sharks have long been painted as terrifying, blood-thirsty killers, but they are definitively more than that. Meet with a local shark scientist and learn about the role of sharks in governing healthy marine ecosystems, and why we should care about conserving their populations.
Photo Credit: https://www.newsday.com/long-island/sharks-long-island-1.19933809
September 22, 2018 –WANTED! Oxygen
Luis Medina, Stony Brook University. You may have heard of “dead zones” in the ocean, but what does this mean? Meet with local scientist and find out why the ocean is running out of oxygen, what areas this is happening to and the potential impacts on your favorite marine organisms!
Photo credit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_zone_(ecology)
August 11, 2018
Lisa Crawford, Stony Brook University
Everyone knows pollution is bad, but what happens when pollutants enter the ocean? Find out what happens to sharks, rays, and other marine critters when they are exposed to contaminants. Meet with a local marine biologist to learn about marine predators and the risks they face in the ocean.
PHOTO CREDIT: https://www.aqua.org/Experience/Animal-Index/sand-tiger-shark & https://www.arkive.org/winter-skate/leucoraja-ocellata/image-G74914.html
June 21, 2018
Caroline Schwaner, Teresa Schwemmer, Stony Brook University.
Though we may not feel ocean acidification just by swimming in the ocean, it will affect many of the plants and animals living in the water full time. Find out how the shellfish and fish you like to eat may be harder to find as the ocean continues to be more acidic, and how marine plants such as seagrass could help relieve some of the stress on our marine ecosystems around Long Island.