WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR â€“ Bigelow Senior Research Scientist Dr. Barney Balch will lead a discussion about ocean acidification after screening the 20-minute Natural Resources Defense Council film Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification at the Laboratoryâ€™sÂ CafĂ© Scientifique gathering at 6:00 p.m. on July 6 in the Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor.
â€śItâ€™s predicted that the acidity of the ocean is going to increase by about one and half times by the end of this century. This is going to impact the ability of many marine organisms to make their protective shells,â€ť said Balch. â€śItâ€™s too soon to tell whether this is a direct result of increased levels of carbon dioxide, but itâ€™s clear that ocean acidification has the potential to profoundly change ocean ecosystems.â€ť
Balch received a Bachelorâ€™s degree in biology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. Besides his work on ocean acidification, his research includes biocalcification, bio-optics, ocean color algorithms for satellite remote sensing, and algal viruses.
The Laboratoryâ€™s CafĂ© Scientifique gatherings are informal discussions about scientific issues and society, current research, and the latest news from the field. The CafĂ© Scientifique movement began in 1998 in England, and has spread quickly throughout Europe and the United States. There are now over 150 science cafĂ©s organized over 42 countries. The Laboratoryâ€™s cafĂ©s are free, open to the public, and a cash bar is available. The Laboratoryâ€™s 2010 Summer CafĂ© Scientifique gatherings will be held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday from June 29 through August 24 at the Opera House. The full schedule and program are available online at www.bigelow.org/about/calendar/cafe-scientifique-summer-2010.
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