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Beyond the Beach - Oregon's Kelp Forests: Past, Present, and Future
This webinar is in partnership with Lincoln City Audubon and is the third of a three part series called, Beyond the Beach.

Bull kelp are large seaweeds that grow in "forests" that form canopies in the Oregon coast's rocky subtidal waters. They draw deep curiosity from scientists because of their immense contributions to ocean health, the role they play in protecting coastlines from wave damage, their dwindling numbers around the world and more recently, 35 years of satellite imagery showing "warm water isn't automatically bad news for kelps, and large winter waves aren't either." Being a cold water species, they are vulnerable to climate change. They are also vulnerable to increasing sea urchin populations

Sara Hamilton is a PhD student from Oregon State University, and a subtidal ecologist co-advised by Bruce Menge and Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert. She studies kelp forest ecology in nearshore Oregon, focusing on population dynamics of bull kelp and trophic ecology of purple urchins. She is passionate about studying kelps and will share about current research conducted by divers on the southern Oregon coast, and about restoration and recovery of kelps in Oregon.

Sara will discuss the importance of kelp forests, current threats to them, and her latest research using satellites to understand historical and current bull kelp population trends in Oregon.

Jan 12, 2022 06:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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