Science Pub Corvallis

Date: May. 12, 2014 Time: 6-8pm Located at: Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis
Who is this for: All ages Cost: Free

Science Pub Corvallis

The Future of the Oceans
with Andrew Thurber, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences 

The oceans will face multiple climate-related stresses in the future: warming temperatures, low oxygen, acidification and a lack of biological productivity. As marine ecosystems respond, the consequences could be felt directly by about 2 billion people whose lives depend ocean fisheries and other resources. Those are among the results reported by an international team of 29 scientists who studied the influence of climate change on marine systems from the poles to the Equator.

Andrew Thurber helped to conceive the study and was a co-author of the report that appeared in October 2013 in the journal PLOS Biology. “What is really sobering about these findings is that they don’t even include other impacts to the world’s oceans such as sea level rise, pollution, over-fishing, and increasing storm intensity and frequency,” he says. “All of these could compound the problem significantly.”

At the May 12 Corvallis Science Pub, Thurber will discuss the study and actions needed to avert the most significant changes. He is a post-doctoral fellow in Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. His research focuses on deep-sea ecosystems, particularly the role of invertebrates in recycling nutrients and sequestering carbon. He has conducted experiments under seasonal sea ice in Antarctica and explored communities that live around methane seeps near New Zealand and Costa Rica.

Thurber received his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation.


Held on the second Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, Science Pub is sponsored by OMSI, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Terra magazine at Oregon State University.

Questions? E-mail sciencepub@omsi.edu.