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Posted Date: 4/15/2014

CoralReefFirst Friday: Sex on the Coral Reef

Friday, May 2nd
Main Reading Room - 7pm
Wine reception at 6:30 pm for pre-registered guests.

For adults and high school students only. No one younger will be admitted.

*Registration is strongly recommended. 

It’s been called the greatest synchronized sex show on earth, and only the very lucky have been witness to it. A few nights after the November full moon, corals release millions of pink bundles of egg and sperm that drift to the surface in an enormous upside-down blizzard, resembling what it must be like on the interior of a shaken snow globe. Every year, snorkelers and divers from around the world point their dive lights into the pitch-black waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, hoping for a glimpse of the mass spawning event. By observing spawning events and conducting experiments, marine biologist Erika Woolsey seeks to understand how warming oceans will affect the ability of coral reefs to replenish themselves and recover from disturbance, which is especially important in changing oceans.

Coral reefs are the rainforests of the ocean. They cover less than 1% of the sea floor, yet support about 25% of marine species. Unfortunately about 60% percent of the world's coral reefs are under immediate threats from climate change and localized human disturbances.
 
Using gorgeous images, Woolsey will talk about her adventures Down Under and underwater, and give you a front-row seat to this exotic and rarely seen world.

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This event is free and open to the public. Call (415) 389-4292 x3 for more details.

About Our Speaker:

EricaWoolseyErika Woolsey has been living in Australia and working on tropical coral reefs, beautiful and important ecosystems that are threatened worldwide. Woolsey’s area of expertise is coral reproduction, and her research seeks to understand how warming oceans will affect the ability of coral reefs to replenish themselves and recover from disturbance, which is especially important in changing oceans. Woolsey grew up in Marin and attended Duke University in North Carolina, where she studied biology and art history. She moved to Australia in 2007, received her Masters degree from the University of Sydney, and is currently finishing her PhD with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef studies in tropical north Queensland (http://www.coralcoe.org.au/).


What are First Fridays?
Debuting in January 2011 in celebration of the Library's centennial year, the ongoing "First Fridays" series presents different narratives, ideas and presentations that an audience might otherwise not consider or experience. First Fridays are for adults and high school students.

The Venue:
The Library's Main Reading Room is transformed into a beautiful venue for First Friday events. Built in 1966, the Library is nestled among the redwoods in an award-winning building and reflects the diverse intellectual interests of the community.

The Experience:
Programs typically last 90 minutes (includes Q&A). First Fridays feature a wine reception before and after our program. Patrons enjoy the intimate atmosphere and ability to meet our presenters. Attendance ranges between 115 and 260 people per event.

Thank you to the Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends for their generous support of Library programs and services.

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