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Science and Conservation in the Largest and Deepest World Heritage Site: A Natural Laboratory for Global Change

Dr. Randi Rotjan

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) is owned and operated by the Republic of Kiribati, and is the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the central Pacific just below the equator, it is an excellent laboratory for global change: It is home to fewer than fifty people in an ocean area the size of the state of California, with coral reefs, open ocean, deep sea, and terrestrial ecosystems. This special place is now closed to all extractive activities; it was once heavily fished for tuna, but is now a safe haven for all marine life. Dr. Randi Rotjan will describe the lessons scientists and other stakeholders are learning within and across these ecosystems. She will share the latest science and will discuss how PIPA fits into a global and growing context of ocean conservation. Dr. Rotjan is a research assistant professor at Boston University and co-chief scientist of the PIPA Conservation Trust.

Coral reef featuring fish swimming by Keith Ellenbogen
Keith Ellenbogen
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When Mon, August 20, 2018 00:00:00 Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 | 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
Cost $5 for public; FREE for Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students with valid ID and advanced reservations.
Tickets You can purchase tickets online for this lecture. You will need to select the option from the menu, correct time, and date on the following pages. Seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students attending for free can also reserve seats online.
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