2019 Irving-Scholander Memorial Lecture

Name:Cindy Van Dover
Affiliation:Duke University
Date:Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Time:6:00PM - 7:00PM
Location:Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.


For centuries, the deep sea has been a place unknown, a place of mystery, a place we could not go. But in recent decades, we have learned how to explore in the deep sea, and have made tremendous discoveries about how the ocean crust is formed, the extremes at which life can exist, the extraordinary beauty of deep-sea landscapes. We have also discovered a wealth of minerals on the seabed; there is now a rush to exploit this wealth. More than ever, there is need for science that can inform wise use of deep-sea resources. Dr. Van Dover’s narrative will touch on the history of seafloor exploration and technology, on some of the wonders of the deep sea, and of plans and progress toward seabed mining and the new discipline of deep-sea environmental management.

About the Speaker:

Cindy Van Dover is the Harvey W. Smith Distinguished Professor of Biological Oceanography at Duke University and a former pilot of the deep-sea research submarine ALVIN. Her research has focused on the study of chemosynthetic ecosystems and is now primarily devoted to emerging conservation themes related to proposed deep-sea mining and environmental management. Van Dover was the curator of Beyond the Edge of the Sea, a traveling exhibition of illustrations of deep-sea organisms and environments by artist Karen Jacobsen. She has been a Fulbright Fellow in France, a Fulbright Arctic Chair in Norway, and she is the recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Bergen (Norway) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) for her contributions to deep-sea science.