Bite size: Mariner, Marine Biology and the Anthropocene
  • The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

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The Anthropocene is a newly proposed geological period. It started with the first significant, demonstrable, human impact on our planets geology and ecosystems. It is a period dominated by anthropogenic climate change. In this talk the colossal physical and chemical changes in the Anthropocene Ocean - warming, reduced oxygen and increasing acidity, and their effects on marine life, will be explored. Considering possible futures for marine life, particularly how they will impact on us, and the parallels that might be drawn with Coleridge's poem, should make for an interesting perspective on this journey through the Anthropocene we now find ourselves in.

Professor John Spicer is a marine zoologist at the University’s Marine Institute with expertise in ecophysiology. From investigating giganticism in Antarctic crustaceans to how shrimps survive in low oxygen, he has delved into the innermost workings of marine animals in a quest to understand how they work and evolve in the wild, and how they adapt to a world that humans have altered through climate change.

Sparked from childhood interests, John’s research spans more than 20 years and has resulted in over 100 research papers, multiple academic books, writing for popular culture, and advising national and international policymakers.

Date: Wednesday 6 November
Time: 13:00 - 13:45
Venue: The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building
Free admission, booking advised

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Today's events

The Mariner Exhibition

Join us in The Levinsky Gallery from Monday 16 September - Saturday 16 November for a fascinating exhibition exploring the contemporary relevance of the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, featuring a range of international and South West based artists. 

Investigating issues around ecology, the environment, immigration and displacement, this exhibition is accompanied by a thought-provoking programme of talks, film and poetry. 

View the associated programme of events

Antarctica Raft of the Medusa. Courtesy Lucy + Jorge Orta

Marine Institute

Representing 3000 staff, researchers and students, the University of Plymouth's Marine Institute is the first and largest such institute in the UK. 

We provide the external portal to our extensive pool of world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities, enabling us to understand the relationship between the way we live, the seas that surround us and the development of sustainable policy solutions.

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