Waller’s talk about cold-water corals concludes DMC summer science series

Rhian Waller
Rhian Waller

Rhian Waller’s talk about Gulf of Maine cold-water corals at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 concludes the 2017 Darling Marine Center summer science seminar series.

Waller, a University of Maine marine scientist and a fellow in the international Explorers Club, was featured in National Geographic Magazine in 2013 as a 21st-century risk taker in the “New Age of Exploration.”

She has taken part in more than 40 expeditions around the planet. In a submersible, Waller has plunged to a depth of 3,600 meters to examine corals on the New England Seamount chain.

Her research focuses on the reproduction and development of cold-water and deep-sea invertebrates around the globe. With projects from the Arctic to Antarctic, she studies a how cold-water corals are affected by both natural and human-caused environmental change.

Waller will cover the basics of cold-water corals, how humans are influencing their communities and what the floor of the Gulf of Maine looks like.

Registration is required for the free, public seminar in Brooke Hall. For a disability accommodation, call 207.563.3146.