SMSOE Seminar Series

The School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering invites you to our monthly seminar series. This series is designed to bring the UNH and local marine communities together to learn, discuss, network and hopefully to develop new ideas and ways to collaborate with partners both on and off campus. Each seminar will include several short talks relating to the seminar's theme, followed by an opportunity for questions and a social time. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The seminars are launched with the following goals in mind:

  • Promote awareness and identity for the SMSOE community both within and outside of UNH.
  • Build connections both on and off campus among UNH researchers, students, educators, stakeholders and others around important topics related to marine and coastal resources.
  • Facilitate discussions that will help focus research and other efforts to effectively address challenges and opportunities facing management of marine and coastal resources.

The event is designed to include one hour of presentations and Q&A followed by a one-hour social.

Future Seminars

Sound, movement and xenobiotics - New Research within SMSOE

From sound, to movement, to xenobiotics, there is new marine research happening at UNH! Join us as three relatively new faculty to UNH introduce themselves and present their marine research.
Come, listen and join the discussion, and perhaps leave with new ideas and collaborators!

Presentations by:

Bonnie Brown, Chair, Biological Sciences
Invisible ecology: peeking inside black boxes to understand anthropogenic effects on aquatic systems
How do we determine the ecological responses to climate change of organisms that we can't even see? Nowadays it's done using sequencing technologies that allow us to characterize the organisms present in environmental samples and even to gain insight into their physiological and metabolic activities. We will discuss work ongoing at the UNH Ecological Genetics Laboratory that helps us to learn how populations of microbes and fishes are responding to rising temperatures in Tibet, document how microbial and plant consortia adapt to salinization associated with sea level rise, and disentangle microbial responses to urban runoff in rivers. You may even learn a new word, xenobiotic.
Nathan Furey, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
What are the motivations and consequences of animal movements?
Movements are a fundamental characteristic of life that either directly or indirectly affects individuals, populations, and communities. The Furey lab uses fishes and other aquatic vertebrates as models to understand the motivations and consequences of animal movements across space and time. Examples will demonstrate the power of integrating movement ecology with feeding ecology and bioenergetics in systems across North America.   
Anthony Lyons, Research Professor
Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
Yelling at stuff in the ocean to see what comes back
Active acoustic systems transmit sound out into the ocean where it interacts with objects or boundaries and then travels back to a receiver. Through measurements of the intensity, travel time, or phase of the scattered acoustic return, objects or boundaries can be detected and characterized. This short talk will introduce a few recent projects where my students and I have yelled at stuff in the ocean with active acoustic systems to see what comes back.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019
4:10 PM Presentations
5:00 PM Networking
Squamscott Room
Holloway Commons
75 Main Street
Durham, NH

Parking available at the Campus Crossing Visitors Lot for a nominal fee.

Fish moving

Past Seminar Topics

  • Bringing Light to the Depths of the Ocean with Eric Cordes, Associate Professor of Biology, Temple University
  • Blue Carbon Initiatives
  • Building Ecological Resilience in Estuaries: A NH/ME Case Study of a Global Challenge
  • Ocean Acoustics: A Sound Perspective on Ocean Dynamics
  • Seafood and Healthy Great Bay: A Granite State Challenge
  • Climate Change and the Ocean: Local and Global Impacts
  • Research at Shoals Marine Laboratory
  • Building Ecological Resilience in Estuaries: A NH/ME Case Study of a Global Challenge
  • Ocean Carbon Cycle
  • Reinvesting in Natural Capital by Softening Shoreline Protection
  • The Pacific Arctic Region - A Window into Shifting Benthic Populations in Response to Ecosystem Change

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