Public lecture - Arctic Ocean: What Lives Under the Ice

Thursday, May 2, 2024 11:00to12:00
Leacock Building Room 132, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 2T7, CA
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On May 2, at McGill University, a public lecture entitled, Arctic Ocean: What Lives Under the Ice, will be delivered by Antje Boetius, Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Professor at the University of Bremen and Group leader of the Joint Research Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology. This public lecture is organized jointly with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montreal.

About the Lecture: 

With this talk, Prof. Antje Boetius will explore current knowledge of life in the deep Arctic Ocean, and the coupling between the icy surface waters and the bottom of the sea. The extreme seasonality in light availability, the ice cover, but also seabed processes like volcanism shape a unique and diverse seafloor community. International research of the past decades has demonstrated that the effects of climate change, foremost the retreat and thinning of sea-ice, directly affects the composition and distribution of life in the deep Arctic. The talk will also discuss opportunities to collaborate internationally to better understand change in the Arctic Ocean and the needs for protecting life in the sea.


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