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Seventh Annual Geddes W. Simpson Lecture

April 11, 2008


The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series Award was established in 2001 in the University of Maine Foundation by family and friends to honor Professor Simpson, a distinguished researcher and teacher at the University of Maine.  The award provides a monetary purse, which is given to a distinguished individual who has provide significant insight into the area where science and history intersect.  This year's distinguished lecturer is Robert S. Steneck, professor of oceanography, marine biology, and marine policy.

Steneck is a marine ecologist whose laboratories are the kelp beds of North America and the coral reefs of the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific.  There, he studies lobsters, sea urchins, fish, corals, historical ecology, global climate change and the science of manageing marine resources.  His work has attracted attention from national and international media including The New York Times, The Economist, Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, National Public Radio and The New Yorker.  Steneck's research has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Steneck played an important role in the establishment of the Semester by the Sea program at the Darling Marine Center.  Semester by the Sea enables undergraduate students to experience Maine's marine environment first hand.

Professor Steneck's lecture topic is"Considering the future of our seas through the lens of history."  Please join us for the Seventh Annual Geddes W. Simpson Lecture.

When:           Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Where:         McIntire Room, Buchanan Alumni House,

                      University of Maine

Time:            3:00 p.m.

                    Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

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