Stephen Palumbi, director of Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station and a professor of biological sciences, will present a public lecture at UCLA on Feb. 3 as part of the "Year of the New Life Sciences at UCLA" series.
His talk, titled "Coral Reefs: Fighting Back Against Climate Change," will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the CNSI Auditorium at UCLA, between Boelter Hall and Life Sciences–La Kretz Hall.
To attend for free, please R.S.V.P. at www.lifescienceslectures.support.ucla.edu.
Palumbi's research group studies the genetics, evolution, conservation and population biology of a diverse array of marine organisms. He has published on the genetics and evolution of sea urchins, whales, corals, sharks, spiders and shrimp, to name just a few. He and his team also use evolutionary genetics and molecular genetic techniques in conservation, including the identification of whale and dolphin products in food available in commercial markets.
His 2001 book, "The Evolution Explosion: How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change," shows how rapid evolution has been central to emerging problems in modern society. His new book, "The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival" (November 2010), demonstrates how ordinary citizens can make a difference in creating diverse, sustainable ecosystems and economies.
Palumbi will also speak and sign books at noon on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena.
He and his team are currently studying coral diversity, the adaptive potential of corals in response to climate change, among other topics.
"UCLA's Life Sciences are transforming the nature of discovery in the 21st century," said Victoria Sork, dean of the UCLA Life Sciences Division. "The 'new life sciences' provide the foundations for understanding biomedical innovations, applied human health problems and biodiversity challenges facing our planet, and this research will lead to improvements in how we live. Discoveries in conservation genomics will help us to understand the effects of climate change on species and the biodiversity of ecosystems — and will help us to develop strategies to conserve our coral reefs and rainforests."
For information on future lectures in the series, visit www.lifescienceslectures.support.ucla.edu.