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[Past Event] Exploring the Sunlit Sea | Livestream Zoom + Recorded

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Course Description:

Oct. 1 - Coastal Wetlands: A Personal Journey

Coastal wetlands are a vital part of the marine ecosystem, serving as nurseries for many economically important fish and shellfish, and as a sanctuary for migrating birds. Dr. Clifton shares his personal experience of research in Willapa Bay Washington, the second largest estuary on the West Coast. Join him as he explores the floors of modern murky tidal channels and slogs across mud flats, then seeks these environments in ancient uplifted bay deposits in the cliffs that front the bay. On the way, you’ll meet some of the wetlands’ remarkable denizens.

Oct. 8 – Phytoplankton: Keystones of the Ocean

Perhaps the greatest resource of the sunlit sea is its phytoplankton, the drifting, mostly miniscule plants or plant-like organisms that compose the base of the ocean’s food web and aerate its waters. This presentation focuses on the three most important members of the phytoplankton. Dr. Clifton illuminates the remarkable world of diatoms, dinoflagellates and coccolithophores, noting the benefits, threats and geological significance that each conveys.


Tuition: $25.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Fridays, Oct. 1, 8 *10:00 – 11:00 a.m.* (2 sessions)


Course will meet live via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to each class session. Courses will stream via Zoom and WILL be recorded for viewing later. A video link will be emailed to you within 3-5 days of each session.


H. Edward Clifton, Ph.D., is a geologist with strong ties to the ocean. After receiving his doctorate, he joined the U.S. Geological Survey where he served for 30 years.