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Rutgers Oceanographer Speaking Today at CCPO

Daphne Munroe, a researcher with Rutgers University's Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, will present a seminar at Old Dominion University Monday, Nov. 1, about ways to measure the populations of the microscopic marine larvae that are indicators of healthy coastal waters.

Her public lecture, "Intertidal Larval Recruitment: Examples from a Muddy Beach and Rocky Shore," will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography (CCPO), Room 3200, Innovation Research Park Building 1. The seminar is free, as is the reception with refreshments that begins at 3 in the CCPO lobby.

The amount of marine larvae in coastal waters is key to the dynamics of marine populations and is central to marine restorations, marine reserve design and understanding potential impacts of climate change on ecosystems. But the small size of the larvae, and their potentially vast and difficult-to-track dispersal and recruitment mean that this process has been difficult to study.

Barnacle recruitment to the rocky shore is one exception, and the basis for much of the current understanding of recruitment in marine invertebrate populations. Munroe will discuss her research into the relevance of using what we know about intertidal barnacles to measure recruitment of other marine larvae.

This article was posted on: November 1, 2010

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