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The Perfect Storm: Multiple Stressors Push Kelp Forest Beyond Tipping Point (FRIENDS ONLY)

May 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Free admission is by reservation only. Call between 8:30am - 5:00pm, Mon-Fri, or RSVP at the FOH web page: RSVP by Friday, May 10th.

Northern California’s bull kelp forests are an iconic and invaluable ecosystem, but they’ve been reduced to an all-time low due to a “perfect storm” of large-scale climate change impacts. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s 20 year kelp forest monitoring program led by Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett has documented the impacts of a massive marine heat wave and purple sea urchin population explosion on the kelp forest ecosystem including the mass mortality of abalone populations in northern California. Come learn about this work work and peer into the future of California’s kelp forests.

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Hopkins Marine Station
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