Marine Life Talk – 3 March 2011


The Census of Marine Life: what have we learned from this 10 year programme? – 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –

by Professor Paul Tyler

The Census of Marine Life was completed in its final meeting at the Royal Society in September 2010. The aim of the 10 year Census had been to try and determine just how many individual species were living in the sea. Over 80 countries were involved.

The Census comprised a series of field programmes examining different types of ecosystems in the ocean and determining their diversity. Regional programmes examined how different geographic regions of the ocean varied and how this contributed to an understanding of the biogeography of the oceans. Finally additional programmes examined processes within the ocean such a migration, and the history and future of the oceans.

In this presentation Professor Tyler will talk about generalities of the Census that concentrate on what has been discovered in the largest of all the ocean realms - the deep sea. The past concept that the deep-sea was a sediment-filled monotonous basin has been completely dispelled with the discovery of a high degree of heterogeneity extending from sedimentary abyssal plains, though ecosystems independent of sunlight to massive coral reefs and extensive deep sea canyons and seamount.

Future Marine Life Talks at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

07/04/11 Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust – marine conservation – Dr Amy Dale

Free admission – these talks are open to the public

The Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm to be met in Reception.

Arrangements for wheelchairs must be made in advance. Unless it is possible to descend via the stairs in an emergency, access to upper floors cannot be permitted as lifts are automatically immobilised when the fire alarm is activated.

The National Oceanography Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Southampton’s Town Quay and Ocean Village).

Event dates: 
Thursday 3 March 2011 - 19:15 to 20:30