ROCKLAND — Phil Colarusso presents the talk “A View of Climate Change from Below the Water Line,” Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m., at the Rockland Public Library.
Water temperatures are increasing in the Gulf of Maine faster than anywhere on the planet, according to the Library, in a news release. Seagrass meadows are one of the best and most frequently utilized indicators of coastal water quality. These meadows serve a number of important ecological functions, so understanding how they will respond to climate change is critical for natural resource managers.
This talk will explore that topic and will include entertaining vignettes gathered over 30 years of diving in the Gulf of Maine.
Phil Colarusso has worked as a marine biologist and diver for EPA for 30+ years. He has worked on a wide variety of coastal and ocean issues, including impact assessment of power plant operations on fish populations, dredging to benthic habitats and of excess nitrogen on seagrass. From 2012 to 2016, he was one of six US representatives on the Commission of Environmental Cooperation’s Blue Carbon Steering Committee.
His area of expertise is seagrass ecology/physiology. His current research focuses on carbon sequestration by seagrasses, seagrass restoration, and the impact of invasive species on seagrasses.
He earned an MS in environmental science from University of Massachusetts in Boston and a doctorate from Northeastern University in marine biology.
The talk, co-sponsored by Friends of Rockland Public Library, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, and the US Environmental Protection Agency, is free and open to the public.
Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St.