In this episode of Coastal Conversations, four panelists from locations across the country discuss a recent report of the National Research Council on field stations and marine laboratories. Field stations and marine labs have long been important components of the nation’s and the world’s research infrastructure, and many believe their importance will increase in the future because of climate change and the rapidity with which humans are altering the environment. But many are struggling financially. A number have been closed, and others are threatened with closure. Last year the National Research Council completed a study at the request of the National Science Foundation to assess and make recommendations to field stations and marine labs to make them more resilient so they can continue to thrive in the 21st century.
Aquarium President and CEO Dr. Jerry Schubel talks with authors of the study, Felicia Coleman, Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory; Peter Kareiva, the Nature Conservancy; Rob Plowes, University of Texas Brackenridge Field Laboratory; and Mary Power, University of California, Berkeley, Angelo Coast Range Reserve.
Original broadcast date: February 27, 2015.