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The Division hosts a weekly Science and Mathematics Seminar Series. All seminars are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, seminars are held from 4-5 pm in room 200 in the Marine and Natural Sciences building on the RWU campus.
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Spring 2017 MNS Seminar Series

(click on each event below for more information...will be updated often)

February 15, 2017
RWU @ Aquaculture America: Student Research Initiatives in the CEED Wetlb

RWU student researchers prepare for the 2017 World Aquaculture Society meeting in San Antonio, TX.
Broodstock conditioning and larval rearing of the Atlantic Lookdown, Selene vomer (J. Alexander Bonanno, Senior)
Broodstock conditioning and larval rearing of the Yasha Goby, Stonogobiops yasha (Anthony Stella, Senior)
Effect of three broodstock diets on the reproductive activity of the Fire Shrimp, Lysmata debelius (Elena Welch, Senior)
Characterization of the life history & sexual system of the Yasha Goby, Stonogobiops yasha (Laüra Gaitan, Senior)

February 22, 2017
Kifle Hagos (RWU) - Integrated Seawater Farming Case Study: Eritrea's experience

Integrated seawater farming aims to preserve freshwater resources by using seawater to produce food, generate wealth, and enhance natural environments. Dr. Hagos studies the carbon sequestration potential of seafood production systems using life cycle analysis. His research focuses on identifying ways to minimize the environmental impact of the production, distribution and consumption of energy and food, as a means to minimize global greenhouse gas emissions.
Relevant reading:
Hodges et al. 1993. Reversing the flow: Water and Nutrients from sea to land. Ambio, 22:482.
Dickerson, M. 2008. Letting the sea cultivate the land. Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2008.

March 1, 2017
Catherine Luria (Brown University) - Microbial Diversity and Activity in Antarctic Coastal Waters

March 8, 2017
Andy Rhyne (RWU & New England Aquarium) - Data Driven Decision Making Improves Conservation of Aquarium Trade Species

March 22, 2017
Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences

March 29, 2017
Henry Winter (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

April 5, 2017
David Cebula (Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems) - Approaches for Analyzing Defense Concepts


April 12, 2017
RWU Student Research Presentations


April 19, 2017
J.D. Swanson (Salve Regina University)

April 26, 2017
Jane Pleskunas (RWU Alum) - Combating Tuberculosis: Research Notes from Boston to India

May 3, 2017
David Taylor (RWU) - Applying to Graduate School: Answers to FAQs


May 10, 2017
Rob Holmberg (UMass Boston) - Ocean Acidification Impacts Otolith Morphology and Mineralogy in Tropical Reef Fishes