Lake Baikal, the Sacred Sea of Siberia
with Dr. Stephanie Hampton, Deputy Director, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
Thursday, September 13, 5:30-6:30 PM (Pacific Daylight Time)
NCEAS lounge, 3rd floor, 735 State Street, Santa Barbara
This event is free, open to all, and will feature light refreshments.
The talk will also be broadcast live on the internet.
You are invited to the kick-off to Science for Everyone! This monthly series is intended for everyone that is interested in the world around them. Join us this time for a journey to the other side of the planet to Siberia. Our tour guide is ecologist Dr. Stephanie Hampton who will lead us on an ecological tour of Lake Baikal, where she conducts her research. Lake Baikal is a lake of superlatives; it is the world's deepest, most ancient, most biologically diverse, and largest freshwater lake by volume. Home to the world's only freshwater pinniped, the Baikal seal, and an astonishing diversity of freshwater creatures and underwater landscapes, this unique ecosystem depends on long periods of ice cover and cold temperatures. As Siberia rapidly warms, Dr. Hampton and her colleagues are working to understand Baikal's unique biology, primarily through the use of 60 years of detailed data that have been collected by three generations of a single family of Siberian scientists and their dedicated colleagues. Join us on September 13th to pierce the veil that surrounds one of the most fascinating places on the globe.