Seminars Offered Virtually

AS MMA’S CORNING SCHOOL OF OCEAN STUDIES celebrates its 30th year, the department continues to maintain a seminar series that began when it did. Beginning in 1990, Ocean Studies has hosted a series of presentations for students, faculty, staff, and the general public that examine new and evolving research related to the Marine Biology, Oceanography, and Coastal and Marine Environmental Science majors. The seminars also showcase research and experiences by MMA faculty and Ocean Studies students as well.

The Spring 2021 Seminar Series consists of six virtual presentations by experts in climate impacts on lobster fisheries and mercury pollution, oil spills and environmental compliance, fuel-efficient vessel design, and operation of scientific equipment aboard large-scale research vessels. Each presentation is free and open to the public.

“Though the pandemic has brought about many challenges for teaching, it has also offered us the unique opportunity to invite experts and colleagues from far-reaching geographical locations, which was not possible before the use of Zoom,” said Associate Professor Carey Friedman, who is currently organizing the seminar series.

The seminars are designed to introduce viewers to cutting edge marine research, areas for direct application of skills acquired at MMA, and potential career paths for graduates.

For more information, please visit: mainemaritime.edu/ocean-studies. All sessions are recorded and can be viewed on-demand following the event.

—By Associate Professor Jessie Muhlin, Ocean Studies

Photo: Courtesy of Joee Patterson

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