The OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center presents: Science on Tap at Rogue Brewery, South Beach
Tsunami travellers: What have we learned from a mega-rafting event by Dr. Jessica Miller
Dr. Jessica Miller will be the featured speaker at the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap on Wednesday, November 29, 6pm at Rogue brewery in Newport.
Dr. Miller’s talk, Tsunami travelers – what have we learned from a mega-rafting event – will describe research conducted on organisms arriving on tsunami debris from Japan, indicating a new role of plastic marine debris — the transport of non-native species across the world’s oceans.
Between 2012 and 2017, scientists documented nearly 300 species of marine animals arriving alive in North America and Hawaii on hundreds of vessels, buoys, crates, and many other objects released into the ocean by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. In a recent article in the prestigious journal Science, Dr. Miller and her co-authors suggested that expanded coastal urbanization and storm activity, which may be enhanced due to climate change, could mean that the role of marine debris as an usual vector for invasive species may be dramatically increasing.
It was totally unexpected that coastal species from Japan would not only survive the trip through the hostile environment of the open North Pacific Ocean, but continue to survive for many years — four or more years longer than any previous observations of species found living on what are called “ocean rafts.”
HMSC’s Science on Tap is at Rogue Ale’s South Beach waterfront location, Brewer’s on the Bay, in the downstairs Board Room. Doors open at 5:15pm, and the presentation will begin at 6pm. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.