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July 25, 2005

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Invasive Species Talk
To Be Given at Aquarium

Woods Hole, Mass. – Dr. Judith Pederson, director of the Sea Grant Center for Coastal Resources at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a public talk on invasive species at 4:30 pm on Wednesday in the Woods Hole Science Aquarium.


Dr. Judith Pederson.


The purple anemone
Sagartia elegans is found only in Salem, Massachusetts and originated from Europe, possibly the UK. Judith Pederson took the photo. Click on image to enlarge.

“Marine Invaders: Stopping the Spread of Exotic Species” is last of four talks on conservation biology this month at the aquarium. The Wednesday afternoon talks are part of the Woods Hole Science Aquarium High School Intern Program, which is sponsored jointly by NOAA Fisheries Service and the Marine Biological Laboratory. Invasive species are plants or animals that move into new areas and displace native species. In some areas, marine invaders now make up one-fifth of the total species present. Pederson will talk about a variety of invaders, including sea squirts, the most successful marine invaders in New England waters. She will describe efforts to prevent new invaders and to reduce the impact of invading species that have already settled in our waters.

Pederson received her Ph.D. from Clark University in marine ecology. As director of the MITSG Center for Coastal Resources at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant College Program, she makes scientific and technical information accessible to policy makers, students, and the public. Her research interests are marine bioinvasions and coastal pollution. She is a member of two ICES Working Groups on marine introductions and co-chair of Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel (NEANS). She has organized rapid assessment surveys for New England, convened International Marine Bioinvasions Conferences and Workshops, and edited several conference proceedings, including a Special Issue of Biological Invasions.

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