Looking for the lobster's lunch and discovering the surprising role of 'dark carbon’ in our oceans
In the typical food web most of us learned in school, the sun is the ultimate source of energy. Plants use energy from the sun to produce their own food via photosynthesis. Animals eat those plants or other animals. But in marine environments, some organisms get their energy from chemosynthetic bacteria instead, which produce their own food from simple chemicals in the environment. This talk will be show how this ‘dark carbon' plays an unexpectedly essential role in the oceans, even supporting a lucrative fishery for the Caribbean spiny lobster.
Spreaker – Dr Nick Higgs is a marine biologist and Deputy Director of the Marine Institute at the University of Plymouth. Nick has worked on a range of marine animals, from bone eating worms in the deep sea to lobsters in the Caribbean and swarms of sharks off British coasts. He completed his undergraduate degree in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton before undertaking a PhD at the Natural History Museum in London and the University of Leeds.
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Marine Life Talks
These talks are usually held on the first Thursday of each month (except in January) at 7pm in the Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre, National Oceanography Centre. Please sign in outside the lecture theatre on level four.
All talks are free and open to members of the public.
3 May – David Jones – Plastic Oceans
7 June – Dr Jonthan White, author, Tides: The science and spirit of the ocean
5 July – tbc
August – no MLT due to holiday break