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Eyes on Biology lecture series continues at Coastal

February 6, 2004

The ongoing Eyes on Biology lectures continue this spring semester at Coastal Carolina University with a Feb. 19 presentation kicking off the three-session series.

All lectures are free and open to the public. They will be in the Wall Auditorium at 7 p.m., with refreshments at 6:45 p.m.

Finding Out About Nemo: Fun Fish Facts will be presented on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. by Sharon Gilman, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology for two years. She has been teaching at Coastal for nine years. She earned a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island where her research focused on fish ecology and bioenergetics.

Carolina Bays: The Inside and Outside Story is on Thursday, March 11, and will feature Jim Luken, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, who will examine these unique wetlands in terms of possible origin, current status and future threats. He will also talk about his research focused on creating new populations of Venus fly traps at the edges of Carolina Bays. Luken earned his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1984. He has published papers on peat bogs, invasive species, lake shorelines and vegetation management.

Our Endangered Fisheries - or never eat anything older than your grandmother will be offered on Thursday, April 22, featuring speaker Richard H. Moore, biology professor at Coastal whose research interests involve the community ecology and physiology of subtropical estuarine and marine fishes as well as systematics and zoogeography of freshwater fishes of the southeastern United States.

He earned his Ph.D. in marine zoology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973 and has been at Coastal since 1974 where he teaches courses in ichthyology (fish biology) and aquaculture and also serves as the head judge for Coastals annual Intercollegiate Fishing Match and Seminar. He is a coauthor of the award winning book, Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico: Texas, Louisiana and Adjacent Waters.

The Eyes on Biology lecture series is sponsored by Coastals Department of Biology. For more information, call 349-2238.