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Orcas Island Marine Science Lecture Series
"Phytoplankton in Eastsound: Why it Matters to Us"
with Brandon Jensen

December 20, 2006

December 19, 2006

On Tuesday, January 9, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., Brandon Jensen of Western Washington University will discuss research he has done in and around Eastsound that examines phytoplankton and seasonal changes in environmental forces, such as wind and tides. Phytoplankton are microscopic floating plants, mainly algae, that live in the ocean.  In addition to an explanation of the importance of phytoplankton, Jensen will illuminate connections between these tiny aquatic plants and the human residents of the area.

Phytoplankton"Phytoplankton are a critical food source in the marine ecosystem," says Anne Stoltz of the SeaDoc Society. "While red tides and other harmful algal blooms receive a lot of attention, phytoplankton and zooplankton are the base of the marine food chain and are important to the health of our marine ecosystem. Actions we take on land, such as changing freshwater flow from land to the ocean or using fertilizers, can impact the normal cycles of these organisms."

This is the fourth lecture of the 2006-2007 season in Orcas Island’s marine science lecture series designed for the general public. The program begins at 7:00 PM at the Camp Orkila Marine Salmon Science Center and is free. Please park in the upper parking lot at Camp Orkila. Shuttle service from the parking lot to the Marine-Salmon Center is available before and after each lecture.

The 2006-2007 Marine Science Lecture Series is presented by program partners The SeaDoc Society ( and YMCA Camp Orkila ( Future lecture dates are February 13, March 13 and April 10, 2007. All lectures begin at 7:00 PM.

The series is generously sponsored by Barbara Brown, Rick and Cindy Gould, David and Virginia Ridgway, and Jim and Kathy Youngren.

Contact: Anne Stoltz, The SeaDoc Society
Tel: 206-281-9987 Mobile: 206-406-9448