Searching for Treasure in an Invisible Forest -
The "Invisible Forest" of the sea, otherwise known as plankton, is responsible for producing a whopping 50% of the Earth's oxygen. Allison Cusick has dedicated her life to studying plankton in Antarctica and has utilized citizen science as a means to reach a better understanding of this invisible world. She'll take us on a journey from her childhood home of Seattle all the way to her current (that's an ocean pun) role studying the effect of melting glaciers on the invisible forest in the Antarctic ocean. Along the way we'll hear about her time monitoring the Salish Sea, studying big cats and wild dogs in Africa, and everything in between!
Allison Cusick - PhD Student and Researcher @Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Allison Cusick was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington in 2006. She then worked for 10 years in various disciplines including oceanography, neurobiology, immunology, biofuel genetics, and field ecology studying birds and squirrels in Washington, big cats and wild dogs in Africa, and parrots and macaws in Mexico and the Peruvian Amazon. In 2013, she was sent on a research icebreaker for a 53- day expedition in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. This experience inspired her to pursue a career in Biological Oceanography, focusing on microscopic life-the invisible forest hiding in the ocean. In 2016, she started at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and designed the citizen science project FjordPhyto which engages tour ships in polar science while they visit the Antarctic Peninsula. She uses this data for her PhD dissertation, trying to understand how melting glaciers impact the microscopic phytoplankton communities.
Time Oct 20, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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