Irving-Scholander Memorial Lecture Series

To provide lasting recognition of the scientific contributions of Laurence Irving and Per Scholander, the Irving-Scholander Memorial Fund supports the visit of an outstanding life scientist to the University of Alaska Fairbanks each year. The visitor presents a formal lecture and meets with faculty and students for informal discussions. The lectures and discussions are a fitting memorial to Drs. Irving and Scholander, who provided their colleagues with many stimulating ideas and seminal contributions to biological knowledge. The series began in 1981 and is sponsored by the Institute of Arctic Biology and Institute of Marine Science. It is supported by private donations to an endowment within the University of Alaska Foundation.

2019 Lecture

Name:Cindy Van Dover
Duke University
Title:From exploration to exploitation: scientific opportunities and imperatives in the deep ocean
Date:Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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.