Sea Education Association Holding Public Lecture on Pacific Coral Reef Health

FALMOUTH – The Sea Education Association (SEA) is hosting a public lecture examining the health of Pacific Coral Reefs tomorrow.

“Chasing Coral Reef Resilience across the Central Pacific” will be led by Associate Professor of Oceanography Jeff Schell. It marks the second of SEA’s Fall Lecture Series.

In 2016, students at Sea Education Association joined the scientific community on the front lines of climate change research to study coral bleaching caused by the 2015 record-breaking El Nino.

The students, who were enrolled in SEA’s Pacific Reef Expedition, sailed thousands of miles to remote regions of the Central Pacific. What they found was disheartening: once thriving coral reef ecosystems reduced to bleached, lifeless deserts.

This past summer, SEA Semester students set out to see if those same coral reefs had recovered with the return of cooler waters, embarking on a 2,600 nautical mile research voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii in a chase for coral reef resilience.

Don’t miss what is certain to be a fascinating and illuminating lecture on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sea Education Association, located at 171 Woods Hole Road in Falmouth. The lecture will take place inside the James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall.

By TIM DUNN, News Center

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