Marine Life Talk at NOC in Southampton - 5 March 2015

The physiology of climate change

5 March 2015 – The physiology of climate change: move, acclimatise, adapt or die –

James Morris

Physiology, the study of how life functions, can tell us great deal about how organisms are persisting in their current habitats. It can also help us understand how organisms are responding to currently changing environments, and predict how they might respond under projected climate change scenarios.

James will introduce the general concepts of movement, acclimatisation, and adaptation, before discussing his own PhD research which attempts to determine whether shallow-water species can escape from climate change into the deep sea.

James Morris grew up on the coast in South Devon and was enamoured by the sea from a young age. Studying Marine Biology was an easy choice, and he graduated with an undergraduate degree in the subject from Newcastle University in 2009. James then moved to Southampton in 2010, obtaining a Research Master’s degree in Ocean Sciences at the University of Southampton studying tiny deep-sea mussels from the Southern Ocean. He has remained at University of Southampton and is now in the final stages of his PhD, where his research focusses on the physiological limits to deep-sea migration in shallow-water marine species.

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

2 April 2015 – Hydrothermal vent worms by Maggie Georgieva, NHM London

Event dates: 
Thursday 5 March 2015 - 19:15 to 21:30