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Digital Program: Marine Bioinvasions of the Mystic River Estuary

10/13/2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Join us for this virtual program, in collaboration with the Mystic Seaport, to learn more about local wildlife, ecosystems, and the changing environment right in downtown Mystic. We will explore the overall biodiversity of the marine life of the Mystic River Estuary, and then focus on the history of introduced species over the past 200 years, and the continuing invasions into modern times. In addition to historic changes in the local ecosystem, attendees will learn about human impact on this local ecosystem and how the realities of invasive species and climate change will shape the Mystic River Estuary in the coming years.

After attending this event, join us for a Guided Tour of the Mystic River Estuary at the Mystic Seaport with Dr. Carlton. The library will sponsor attendance for up to 30 participants. The tour will begin at the Mystic Seaport on Friday, October 15 at 5 PM. Register here. Please only register if you are certain you can attend.

Speaker Bio
Dr. James T. Carlton is a Professor of Marine Sciences Emeritus at Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts USA) and Director (1989-2015) Emeritus of the Williams College – Mystic Seaport Ocean and Coastal Studies Program (Mystic, Connecticut). His research is focused on the environmental history of estuaries and coastal marine ecosystems, especially on invasions of non-native species and modern-day extinctions. Jim is the only scientist to receive the Interagency Recognition Award from the United States Federal Government for his national and international work to reduce the impacts of exotic species invasions in the sea. Jim received his undergraduate degree in Paleontology from the University of California-Berkeley, his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California-Davis, and did his postdoctoral work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Register here:


Mystic & Noank Library
(860) 536-7721
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