Blue Water Immigrants: The History of Marine Biology with Dr. James T. Carlton

  • LaGrua Center 32 Water Street Stonington, CT 06378

In this highly visual presentation, Dr Carlton traces the migration of marine species carried on ships from the Age of Exploration to the present day. The program is free and open to all. For centuries, ships have been sailing to every part of the world carrying in their holds and on their hulls thousands of species of marine animals and plants, profoundly altering the distribution of marine life -- and, in turn, impacting native communities on nearly every coastline on earth.  In modern times, ships' ballast water added to the global dispersal of exotic species, leading to international management and control efforts to reduce future invasions.  In this illustrated talk on Blue Water Immigrants, Dr Carlton will discuss the deep and often overlooked inter-relationships between maritime history and marine biology.