Evening @ Skidaway explores the challenges of studying tiniest ocean creatures

Studying marine animals can be incredibly difficult, and the smaller the creature, the more difficult it can be. University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography researcher Adam Greer will examine the challenges and some new, high-tech solutions in a virtual Evening @ Skidaway program, “The Secret Life of Ocean Critters,” via YouTube on Tuesday, May 18, at 7 p.m.

Adam Greer

“Ocean animals live in a world that is relatively inaccessible to us,” Greer said. “A variety of tools exist that help us sample marine life, but many of those tools are biased towards certain life forms, so we know relatively little about, for example, fragile gelatinous organisms.”

New technologies, like towed camera systems, provide a glimpse into the world these ocean animals experience, and evidence of new behaviors and survival strategies. Greer will describe some of these discoveries and what they mean for our understanding of marine life.

To join the May 18 program, visit the UGA Skidaway Institute YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/Skidaway (case sensitive). The program is open to the general public and free of charge.

For additional information, contact Michael Sullivan at (912) 598-2325.




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