Marine Life Talk at NOC in Southampton - 2 April 2015

Hydrothermal vent worms (courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

2 April 2015 – Deep-sea tubeworms and super-fast fossils –

Magdalena Georgieva PhD student at Natural History Museum, London and University of Leeds

Polychaete worms are multi-segmented, bristly worms that dominate almost all marine habitats. They are even found within the toxic oases of hydrothermal vents and cold seeps, where tube-building types often dominate. Remarkably, fossils of worms from ancient deep-sea vents date back 430 million years!

During this talk Magdalena will delve into the toxic underwater oases of hydrothermal vents and cold seeps to tell you about the worms we find there, how they fossilise (sometimes very quickly!) and what their fossils tell us about the ancient palaeo-environments within which these worms lived.

Magdalena Georgieva: Before commencing her PhD, Magdalena Georgieva studied Environmental Sciences for four years both in the UK and in Australia, and worked for The WorldFish Center, Philippines and the RSPB. She is now in the third year of her PhD studying the morphology, ultrastructure and palaeontology of polychaete worm tubes from chemosynthetic environments. She is interested in the evolutionary history and taphonomy of polychaetes within these environments, as well as their palaeoecology.

The talk will be in the Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre, Level 4 and will start at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm to sign in.

The talks are accessible via stairs or a lift. Since the lift cannot be used in an emergency, evacuation of less able visitors is down the stairs via an evacuation chair. You are therefore required to notify us in advance of the presence of a wheelchair user or anyone with access issues likely to require use of an evacuation chair.

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

Free admission – these talks are open to the public

Next Marine Life Talk

7 May 2015 – tbc

Event dates: 
Thursday 2 April 2015 - 19:15 to 21:30