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Public Closures on Santa Barbara Island
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Affects of Algal Blooms on Local Waters
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725
Dr. David Caron, a distinguished professor in Marine Environmental Biology at University of Southern California (USC), will discuss how harmful algal blooms can disrupt food webs, poison susceptible species, and present human health risks at the October "Shore to Sea" lecture at Channel Islands National Park.
Caron will present evidence that indicates an increase in the number and severity of harmful algal blooms along the Southern California coast during the last two decades. He will speak about the type and timing of harmful algal blooms, their ecological impacts, and our current understanding of the causes of these events.
Caron's research involves studies of harmful algae in local waters, as well as studies of the biodiversity of microbes in locations ranging from Antarctic coastal waters to deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
For the past twelve years, Caron has been affiliated with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at USC and currently serves as the Interim Director. He has authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific articles and publications. He has a PhD in Biological Oceanography jointly conferred by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The "From Shore to Sea" lecture series is meant to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding waters. The lectures occur at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October, and November at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.
Did You Know?
Island foxes are the smallest North American canids and occur only on the Channel Islands. The average weight for an adult male is 5-6 pounds, about the size of a house cat.