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Ocean Salon: Using Advanced Tech to Monitor Marine Biodiversity and Health

  • Schmidt Marine Technology Partners 101 The Embarcadero #118 San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)
Dr. Collin Closek

Dr. Collin Closek

Seawater is chock full of DNA. Join Dr. Collin Closek of Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions as he explains how he and his team have been advancing and applying technology that uses DNA shed by marine organisms to monitor biodiversity in our ocean. He works with partners at Stanford, MBARI, NOAA, the University of South Florida, and the University of Washington to optimize molecular tools that assess both micro- and macro-organismal diversity in National Marine Sanctuaries, such as Monterey Bay and the Florida Keys. Come hear how these tools are allowing us to digitally observe the ocean and are aiding our understanding of the changes in biodiversity that are occurring.

Collin's research background includes using molecular and ecological methods to determine the health and physiological state of marine organisms. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia. His doctoral research focused on tropical coral diseases, reef health, and changes in associated microbial diversity. He began his doctoral studies in California at UC Merced and completed his Ph.D. at Penn State. After which, he was joint postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and the University of Maryland's Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology working on Sea Grant-funded projects to study oyster and abalone diseases in California. Collin is also an avid SCUBA diver. He has logged many recreational and scientific dives.

No admission charge
6:00-8:00pm Thursday September 19th at Schmidt Marine
101 The Embarcadero #118, San Francisco, CA 94105

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