Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 N.E. 6th Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060, 954-786-4111. Doors open at 6:30pm when all can enjoy the Raffle Table, Sand Flea Market, and Library.
At this month’s meeting, on Wednesday, July 8th, we welcome a 2014 BSC Scholarship Recipient Katherine Peach, a student at FAU, who will give a synopsis on her scholarship project about the study of ocean acidification. The title of her program is “Halimeda response to ocean acidification: A changing paradigm?” Certain marine organisms, including mollusks, crustaceans, reef-forming corals and some algae and phytoplankton, create skeletons or shells out of calcium carbonate. These organisms are known as “marine calcifiers”. Ocean acidification is predicted to lower calcification rates in these marine calcifiers. One genus of calcifying macroalgae that is predicted to be vulnerable is Halimeda, one of the most important contributors to carbonate sediments and reef building in the tropics. This presentation will highlight results of ocean acidification experiments on local South Florida and Little Cayman Island Halimeda species..