Naturally Speaking Lecture Series Kicks Off Feb. 15
Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30 pm
"She Sieves Sea Shells from the Sea Floor: Plankton Fossils Reveal Oceanic Evolution and Dispersal Processes" with Dr. Adriane Lam
Over the past 23 million years, there was a surge in the variety of tiny sea organisms called planktic foraminifera. Scientists studied these organisms’ movements worldwide using data from past ocean expeditions. They found these creatures traveled extensively across oceans, influencing their evolution and distribution. These findings enhance our understanding of ancient climates and the reliability of foraminifera fossils in dating rocks despite variations in when species first appeared or disappeared.
Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the factors influencing plankton evolution and their impact on Earth's history! Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Naturally Speaking is a free lecture series presented at the Virginia Living Museum from February through June 2024.