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The Ocean Microbiome

  • Alderney Gate Public Library 60 Alderney Drive Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 4P8 Canada (map)

Plastics and pollution have visible effects on the largest ocean dwellers. Marine mammals such as dolphins and turtles are affected by our garbage. But the ocean is more than these large creatures. 

How is human behaviour affecting the ocean's smallest creatures? And what does that mean for the health of our oceans? Join RCIScience for an exploration of the Ocean Microbiome with researchers working in the Halifax area. 

Featuring ‘Mighty Marine Microbes’ from Dr. Julie LaRoche and ‘Plankton need their vitamins too’ from Dr. Erin Bertrand.

Reserve your spot here. Bring your curiosity and your questions!

About the speakers:


Dr. Erin Bertrand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University and Canada Research Chair in Marine Microbial Proteomics. Her research is driven by her passion for connecting molecular-level processes with global scale implications. Before moving to Halifax, Erin was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the J. Craig Venter Institute in California and earned her PhD from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. When she isn't in the lab, classroom or at sea, you can find Erin running on beautiful Nova Scotia trails or listening to live music in Halifax.

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Dr. Julie LaRoche is a Professor at Dalhousie University. After obtaining her PhD in biology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Julie worked in New York and Germany before returning to Dalhousie to occupy the Canada Research Chair in marine biogeochemistry and microbial genomics in the Department of Biology. Building her lab from scratch, she is developing and applying approaches to study how marine microbes and biochemical processes are affected by global climate change.

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