Benjamin Lowin, PhD student at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the University of Georgia, will be the guest speaker at the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Skidaway’s January meeting and seminar to be held on Monday, January 16, at St. Peter’s Church beginning at 7:00 pm. Benjamin will discuss the primary production that measures the growth at the base of the food chain. This measurement tells us how many fish the ecosystem can support and gives an important estimate of carbon flux in the water column. Primary production is critical for understanding the carbon cycle and fisheries’ sustainability. He will present a novel way to measure net community production - the amount of growth after the metabolic costs of living are accounted for. He will discuss a Pressure of In-situ Gases (PIGI) system, which he created. This instrument provides measurement of dissolved O2 and N2 in surface ocean waters to determine the amount of plant growth. He will give a brief background on his lab group, an overview of the PIGI system, and some initial data. Benjamin was born in the Bay Area, California, and moved to Switzerland when he was nine. A life-long love of the oceans kept bringing him back to it. He did his undergraduate work at the University of British Columbia, with a dual major in Biology and Oceanography. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Southampton, UK, at the National Oceanography Center, on remote sensing of coccolithophore (phytoplankton that make chalk) blooms in the Southern Ocean. He spent a year and a half in Alaska, working on the Northern Gulf of Alaska Long Term Ecological Research Project and running an inline bio-optical (light measuring devices) system looking at primary production in the Gulf of Alaska. His current position at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is with Sara Rivero-Calle, studying optical oceanography. The CCA’s January raffle prize is a bait cast combo rod and reel and tackle box valued at $200.00. For more information about CCA Skidaway or to register to attend the January CCA meeting and seminar, go to our website: CCA is a non-profit organization with chapters on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts. For more information about CCA of Skidaway contact Dave Devore, 330-329-6457. For more information about CCA’s Georgia District, contact Tom Rood, 598-9753. For information about this month’s meeting and seminar, contact Paulette Hamilton, 610-509-0279. Area residents are invited to attend the CCA of Skidaway meetings and seminars held on the second Monday of the month at St. Peter’s Church.
January 16th, 2023 7:00 PM   through   8:30 PM

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