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Marine Biologist James Carlton to Lecture at Eastern

Written by Jack Meltzer


Willimantic, Conn. - James Carlton, professor of marine sciences at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, and director of Williams' Mystic Marine Studies Program, will speak on Sept. 16 at Eastern Connecticut State University.  Carlton's presentation, the second in Eastern's 2009-10 University Hour series, begins at 3 p.m. in Room 104 of the Science Building.  He will discuss the history, science and policy of adding species to marine communities.  A reception will follow in Room 301 of the Science Building.

            Carlton is an international authority on global marine bioinvasions, their ecosystem impacts, dispersal mechanisms and management strategies.  He received the federal governments Interagency Recognition Award for his work to reduce the impacts of exotic invasions in the sea.  He was co-chair of the Marine Biodiversity Committee of the National Academy of Sciences and he has testified nine times before the U.S. Congress concerning legislation involving invasive species.

            Featured in the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) National Geographic series "Strange Days on Planet Earth" and Carlton is a frequent guest on National Public Radio (NPR).  He also was named an "Ocean Hero" by the Smithsonian Institute.

            Carlton holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

            University Hour is Eastern's Wednesday afternoon cultural and educational series. For more information on this and other University Hour events, please call (860) 465-5245.


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