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WELCOME to the Biogeochemistry of Algae Seminar

On Monday the 5th of March 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, the 16th Savannah Science Seminar Presentation will be on "The Biogeochemistry of Algae". Your presentor, Dr Julia Diaz, along with SSS Board Members Lydia Moore, Gerry Heebner, and Jim Goodlett will be at the host site, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) in the Library building seminar room.


Students are encouraged to bring flashlights for walking in between buildings AND water samples from home, such as an aquarium or pond, in a plastic water bottle. ALSO, please wear closed toe shoes - this means no flip flops or any shoe where your toes can be seen.

Brief OUTline:
Students will learn about algae and the role that these critical organisms play in the Earth system and in our daily lives:

· Greeting and Introduction by Dr Julia Diaz (Library seminar room)

· Breakout Groups (students will rotate through three modules)
>FlowCam - students will peer into the microscopic world of algae by observing local plankton with state-of-the-art instrumentation. They will have a chance to look for algae in water collected from the SkIO dock, as well as their own water samples.
>Chemistry demo - students will visualize color changes that reveal the prescence of nutrients that fertilize the growth of algae in natural waters. Seawater from SkIO dockl, as well as the students' own water samples will be examined. Students will observe the effects of nutrient pollution on algal growth.
>R/V Savannah - If in dock, students will tour an oceanographic research vessel and learn about the equipment that oceanographers use to study the biology and chemistry of the sea, including plankton nets and CTD rosette.

· Closing remarks

Brief Biography:
Dr Julia Diaz
Dr Julia Diaz is an Assistant Professor at the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. A native of Georgia, she completed her Bachelors in Biology at UGA and her PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. After completing her post-doctoral studies at Harvard University and at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, she now leads her own research program in Marine Biogeochemistry at SkIO.



The following are directions for getting to the Seminar:

Written directions:

10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, 31411

1. From Truman Parkway, take Whitfield Ave (towards Skidaway Island) which turns into Diamond Causeway

2. At the 4-way stop sign, turn LEFT onto McWhorter Rd
3. Go several miles and stay left when you see the fork in the road. Staying left will lead straight to the SkIO campus.

4. Once on campus, you will see a field on your left with a tower. Take left and follow road around to the left and park in the large parking lot also on your left. The library will be on your right as you turn left into parking lot. The library building is circled on the map, #27





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