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Lab and Lunch: The Changing Plankton of San Francisco Bay

December 4

Lab and Lunch: The Changing Plankton of San Francisco Bay

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 • 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Location:  Exploratorium, Pier 15, Bay Observatory

Admission:  Free; RSVP required for lunch*

How can San Francisco Bay’s tiniest organisms help us monitor the health of the Bay-Delta ecosystem? Join Tara Schraga, a biological oceanographer from the U.S. Geological Survey, to hear about her research on the San Francisco Bay’s phytoplankton—microscopic organisms that make energy from sunlight. She’ll discuss how phytoplankton blooms serve as indicators of long-term change in our local estuary and will share some discoveries her team has made during monthly data cruises around the Bay and Delta. Schraga oversees field and lab investigations of water quality in the Bay and Delta and maintains a public database containing 44 years of water-quality observations.

The Exploratorium’s Lab and Lunch is a free lunchtime series for adults that explores new work and collaborations between visiting scientists, educators, or artists and Exploratorium staff. Spend your lunch break in the Exploratorium’s beautiful Bay Observatory Gallery, get a free* catered lunch, learn about new research and work-in progress, see demos, and meet visiting scientists. The series is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

*There is no cost to attend the Lab and Lunch program, but you must RSVP in order to get a lunch. A limited number of lunches are available. To RSVP, call 415-528-4646. If you also wish to visit the Exploratorium, you must purchase a general admission ticket.