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January 19, 2007

Microbe’s Role in Coastal Cleanup Topic of MBL Associates’ “Coffee and Conversation,” January 30

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Associates invite the public to join them for a Coffee and Conversation with Dr. Anne Giblin, senior scientist at the MBL’s Ecosystems Center, on Tuesday, January 30 at 9:30 AM in the Meigs Room, located in the Swope Center, MBL Street, Woods Hole.

During her presentation “Microbes to the Rescue: Can They Help Clean Up our Coastal Estuaries?”, Dr. Giblin will discuss how humans influence the nitrogen cycle—from the global to the local level—and explore the ways we may be able to use bacteria to remove excess nitrogen from our coastal waters in an informal discussion titled The event is part of a series of free, informal morning lectures about research in the biological sciences. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Giblin received her B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her Ph.D. from the Boston University Marine Program. Her major research focus is the cycling of elements in the environment, especially the biogeochemistry of iron, sulfur, nitrogen, and phosphorus in soils and sediments. Dr. Giblin conducts field research at sites from Boston Harbor to Northern Alaska. She is also part of a study that is currently exploring the mechanisms behind changes in the West Falmouth Harbor ecosystem during different stages of nitrogen enrichment.

Parking for this Coffee and Conversation is available in the MBL’s Bar Neck Road parking lot, located two blocks from the Swope Center on Bar Neck Road. Registration is requested by calling the MBL Associates Office at 508-289-7281.

The next Coffee and Conversation will be held on March 22 with Dr. David Mark Welch, assistant scientist in the MBL’s Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution.

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Since 1944, the MBL Associates has promoted the scientific mission of the MBL. The group supports the Annual Fund, provides a formal connection for anyone interested in learning about the institution, and sponsors gifted students and promising young investigators. Members also raise funds for special projects and organize educational and cultural programs for the MBL and the community. In addition, they operate the MBL Associates Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.