NSU and WPBT2 South Florida PBS are inviting you to visit the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography’s Ocean Campus for free screenings of the PBS series ‘Changing Seas’ as part of NSU’s Summer Dive-In film series. The screenings are scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, with a reception from 7-7:30 p.m. The audience will discover exciting new ocean research, followed by the opportunity to ask questions during a panel discussion with renowned experts.
NSU’s Ocean Campus is located at 8000 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood (in the Von D. Mizell and Eula Johnson State Park – formerly the John U. Lloyd State Park.) Parking is free.
Changing Seas is a public television series produced by WPBT2 in Miami, Florida, and funded by the Batchelor Foundation, Divers Direct, Emocean Sports, Du Unto Others Trust and the Friends of Changing Seas.
Scheduled dates for the 2016 screenings are:
Beneath the Bridge
The Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, Florida, is known as one of the best shore dives in the United States. What appears as an unlikely dive site at first is home to a rich variety of marine life, ranging from tiny nudibranchs to manta rays. Underwater photographers are documenting what lives beneath the bridge, and a scientist is studying how two species of octopus co-exist there.
Sponges: Oldest Creatures in the Sea?
Until recently there was scientific consensus that sponges were the first animals to branch off the “Animal Tree of Life,” a kind of family tree for all living and extinct animals on earth. But recent DNA research has cast doubt on that theory, with some scientists suggesting that ctenophores, also known as comb jellies, are an older lineage.
Maug’s Caldera: A Natural Laboratory, a co-production with Open Boat Films
In the remote Pacific, the islands of Maug rise out of the sea. Formed by an ancient volcano, shallow hydrothermal vents are found close to coral reefs inside the submerged caldera. These vents emit levels of CO2 that can be expected in the world’s oceans by the end of the century, making these waters a natural laboratory for scientists studying the impacts of ocean acidification on coral reefs.
Manatees: Conserving a Marine Mammal
Every winter, hundreds of manatees aggregate at Crystal River, Florida, attracted by the warmer, spring-fed clear waters. This sanctuary is also a treasure for scientists, who take advantage of these manatee gatherings to study them. From decades of visual ID studies to the most cutting-edge DNA research, experts hope that science will help conserve this beloved marine mammal.
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