MBL Friday Evening Lecture – "Biological Propulsion in (and of?) the Ocean," John Dabiri

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Lillie Auditorium 7 MBL Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

The world’s oceans are in constant motion, transporting the sun’s heat from the equator to the poles, bringing marine life fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients, and sequestering nearly half of our carbon dioxide emissions since the Industrial Revolution. Within this dynamic aquatic milieu exists another type of motion: the perpetual teeming of trillions of swimming animals. Are these organisms simply along for the ride, carried by the prevailing ocean currents and occasionally using their powers of locomotion to explore their surroundings, or could their propulsion influence the physical and biogeochemical structure of the ocean itself? John Dabiri will discuss these questions in "Biological Propulsion in (and of?) the Ocean."

John Dabiri is Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on science and technology at the intersection of fluid mechanics, energy and environment, and biology. Honors for this work include a MacArthur Fellowship, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Popular Science magazine named him one of its “Brilliant 10” scientists for his research in bio-inspired propulsion.


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