Marine Life Talk – 3 May 2012

Sampling at Swanage

TONIGHT! Solent Aliens, 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –

by Moira Maclean

Within Southampton Water there is minimum of 50 Alien non-native species which have been introduced to this area by a number of different vectors. Some non-native species have been in this area for over a hundred years and many local people consider them to be native, other non-native species have been found more recently within the last few years. This talk will discuss the methods of introduction and highlight a few key alien species which can be found in the local area.

Moira MacLean is a Research Assistant and part-time vessel crew person at the University of Southampton. She originally did her undergraduate degree in marine biology at the University of Aberdeen; she came to the south coast in 2009 to study for a master’s in Oceanography at the University of Southampton. Having completed her studies she then started working within the University. She is involved with the Discover Oceanography program and is working part-time towards a PhD on slipper limpets Crepidula fornicata, a non-native species which has been in Southampton water since the early 19th century.

Recordings of previous Marine Life Talks can be found on YouTube:

Future Marine Life Talks at the National Oceanography Centre

07/06/12 t.b.c.

05/07/12 Secret life of a new brittlestar from the Antarctic deep sea – Rachel Boschen

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 May 2012 - 19:15 to 20:30