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Lecture Archive: Bruce Robison

Exploring the Deep Pacific: Dragonfish, Spookfish, and Other Unbelievable Animals

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Posted: September 16, 2013

Lecture date: August 13, 2013.

Bruce Robison discusses recent discoveries made using both manned and robotic submersibles to explore the deep sea. The results include many animals new to science, novel behavior patterns, the widespread use of bioluminescence, remarkable adaptations for living in the deep, and the effects of climate change on deep-sea animals.

Robison studies the biology and ecology of the animals that inhabit the ocean’s deep water column. He pioneered the use of undersea vehicles for these studies and he led the first team of scientists trained as research submersible pilots. Robison is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was appointed a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution.

Video Posted: September 16, 2013 | Running time: 59:23

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