Date(s) - 24/Oct/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)
Convergent Corallines: Evolution and Biomechanics in Calcified Red Algae – Dr. Kyra Janot
Corallines are a group of diverse, abundant, and charismatic seaweeds found in a range of marine habitats worldwide. These algae are notable for being calcified, which gives them a rigid rock-like appearance and a characteristic pink colour. Some coralline species grow as crusts, and can act as the “cement” that holds large reef structures together. Other species take on highly branching or foliose forms, and still others grow as rhodoliths which tumble unattached along the sea floor. No matter which form they take, corallines are a key source of food and habitat for the organisms around them. This talk will address some of the unique challenges faced by corallines due to their calcified structure,and the interesting ways in which these challenges are overcome.
Dr. Kyra Janot is a phycologist (seaweed scientist) specializing in coralline biomechanics and evolution. She is currently working as a Biology instructor at Langara College. You can follow her on Twitter @KyraJanot.
Note the one-time date change for the Marine Biology evening presentation for October 2019