"Beneath The Surface " Benthic Webinar Series

  1. View the concept map associated with this webinar:
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  2. Presented by Anne Simpson as part of the Benthic Webinar Series - June 19,2012.

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  3. Prof. Sara Lindsay, an integrative biologist at the University of Maine, will delve into some of the unique and unexpected characteristics of several organisms – including their ability to regenerate body parts after injury. She will also share with the audience her data revealing how prevalent injury is to these soft-sediment organisms, and how it impacts their behaviors and physiology.

    For more information on the Benthic Ecology webinar series, please visit: cosee.umaine.edu/programs/webinars/benthic/

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"Beneath The Surface " Benthic Webinar Series

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Ocean sediments make up a critical marine habitat covering most of the ocean bottom – from shallow nearshore locations like estuaries to the deepest depths along the abyssal plains, and are one of the largest single ecosystems on the earth. Despite the…


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Ocean sediments make up a critical marine habitat covering most of the ocean bottom – from shallow nearshore locations like estuaries to the deepest depths along the abyssal plains, and are one of the largest single ecosystems on the earth. Despite the size of this vast habitat, relatively little is known about its diverse and unique inhabitants. The mysteries of the organisms living within the ocean sediments are only now beginning to be revealed through the use of sophisticated technological tools.

These “benthic” creatures and the systems in which they reside play crucial roles that affect the rest of the ocean ecosystem – including the recycling of nutrients, the burial and storage of organic matter, the fate and distribution of pollutants, and the reworking of sediments. Scientists like Sara Lindsay (University of Maine), Nils Volkenborn (University of South Carolina) and Anne Simpson (University of Maine) make use of advanced and rapidly-evolving technology to better understand the interconnected roles of these unique organisms as well as the impact that humans are having on this lesser known system.

This three part webinar focuses on several key components of benthic ecology:
The ecological role (and behaviors) of benthic organisms
The impact from human activities on benthic systems
The role of injury on feeding, sediment reworking and the ecosystem as a whole

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