KNOW YOUR PARK PRESENTATIONS JANUARY 29 and 30 OCRACOKE AND BUXTON
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Know Your Park: Dr. Steve Ross to Speak on Deep Ocean Habitats - Presentations to be held on Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands
As part of the Know Your Park citizen science program series, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group will host two presentations on Revealing the Deep – Exploring North Carolina’s Deep Ocean Habitats by marine biologist Dr. Steve Ross.
Dr. Ross will speak at the Ocracoke Community Center in Ocracoke on Tuesday, January 29 at
7 p.m. and at the Fessenden Center in Buxton, NC on Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Ross’ area of specialization is ichthyology (fishes), particularly in areas of ecology and life history (age, growth, feeding, and reproduction) studies. He is currently conducting research on the fish communities of several unique deep-water habitats off the southeastern U.S. coast looking at energy flow (trophodynamics) and relationships of animals to various habitats, including coral banks, canyon systems, and rocky areas. One goal of this study is to provide information on these poorly understood areas that will facilitate management and protection of productive fish habitats.
"Scientists are discovering a rich and diverse marine world off our coast. We are pleased that Dr. Ross will be sharing his knowledge with the community as part of our Know Your Park: Citizen Science Series," stated Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray. "I hope that local students as well as adults will take advantage of this opportunity."
Dr. Ross is a native of North Carolina and has spent most of his career involved in the marine sciences of this area. He earned a BS degree in Zoology from Duke University, a Master's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from NC State University. He was the Research Coordinator for the NC Coastal Reserve Program for 13 years. He is currently a member of the research faculty at UNC-Wilmington (UNCW) and is also on an appointment to the US Geological Survey. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at NC State University and UNCW. He has conducted numerous, diverse projects in estuaries and offshore waters and has served as chief scientist on many such ocean-related projects, including several using submersibles.
The National Park Service Know Your Park citizen science program series is designed to further connect the Outer Banks communities and residents with the rich natural world and cultural heritage of their neighboring National Park sites; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. "These presentations offer local residents an opportunity to both learn more about, and better enjoy, their National Parks" stated Murray.
Additional Know Your Park citizen science programs scheduled for this season include: William McLellan, an associate research professor at UNCW, on North Carolina whales in Buxton on February 27 and Ocracoke on February 28; Dr. Charles Ewen, professor of anthropology and director of the Archaeology Laboratories at East Carolina University, on the search for the Lost Colony at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on March 19; and a panel presentation on the Wright brothers’ 1908 success in France this coming May.
Did You Know?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.