Seaweed Presentation

November 10, 2020 - 6:30 PM
Shoreline Education for Awareness

Seaweed in the rocky intertidal.\Photo by Molly Sultany.

Bandon’s Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA) offers a special online presentation on “Seaweed: Diverse, Delightful, and Delicious,” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m.  The presentation is free and open to all.

The presenter is Nancy Treneman, a marine biologist and educator who is well known on the south coast.  Long a popular science teacher at Gold Beach High School, she now conducts studies along the Pacific Northwest coast and Hawaii. She collaborates with colleagues at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Hatfield Marine Science Station, and the Bernice P. Bishop Museum in Hawaii, and is an instructor at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Her talk will deal with the highly diverse seaweed community along the Oregon coast.   Seaweed (more technically, macroalgae or algae) comes in a huge variety of forms and colors. Scuba divers are well aware of the beauty of these species as they can observe them in the water. However, when observed along a beach or the rocky shoreline at low tide, seaweed is often tangled, lying flat, or fragmentary, and more difficult to fully appreciate.  Many marine creatures depend on seaweed for a home and food.

Seaweed is an important resource for humans, too, and found in multiple products such as ice cream, beer, prepared chicken, pudding, paint, and cosmetics. New inventions and products, such as glowing green globe lights and biofuel, are in the works. This presentation is an introduction to seaweeds; what they are, what they do, and how we use them in our daily lives.

To register for this webinar, go here.