OpenCampus Culture Café – ‘GEMS of Hull, Geology, Environment, Marine Science and Us - Tales from Yorkshire and beyond’.
‘Between a rock and a hard place – Yorkshire’s changing seashores’.
Speaker: Dr Sue Hull, Lecturer and Programme Director in Marine Biology and Ecology, School of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Hull.
Rockpools fascinate small children and marine biologists. They contain a wide variety of marine species that are highly adapted to living in an extreme environment and are readily accessible at low tide, allowing us to explore a wonderful alien world on our doorstep. Here we explore a) how Yorkshire’s rocky shore species vary in space and over time, b) look at some of the threats resulting from man’s activities that may impact on our rocky shore beaches and how we can help, and c) look at how members of the public have helped us understand the distribution of marine species around the UK and the factors that are impacting upon them. You never know, you might want to release your inner child and come join us exploring the varied and bracing Yorkshire coast.
Sue is an intertidal marine ecologist trying to understand the dynamics of the communities inhabiting rocky coasts, how climate change may impact such systems and how organisms adapt and evolve to such an extreme marine environment. She is part of the national 'Capturing the Coast' team training citizen science volunteers to survey rocky shores alongside marine biologists to answer key science questions. In addition to a life-long fascination with rocky shores, Sue is an avid bird watcher who works with industry to protect wading birds. She is part of a new research cluster looking at the ecology of birds in the Humber estuary.
Free Admission, all welcome. Booking is required. To book online please visit: https://libcal.hull.ac.uk/event/3334019