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Rikk Kvitek Lecture hosted by Sigma Xi

Date: March 27, 2013
Time: 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Category: Events
Location: Dishman Art Museum

The Lamar University chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, will host Rikk Kvitek, professor in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy, California State University Monterey Bay, in a free public lecture.

The lecture will focus on 3D visualization used to reveal information about the floor of the sea. Through novel applications of  this cutting edge technology scientists can now visualize submarine canyons, underwater seamounts and ridges, and even a kelp forest teeming with marine life. The State of California has undertaken a cutting-edge project to provide mapping of the seafloor in all of the state's waters.

Kvitek obtained his bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of Michigan, a master's degree from Moss Landing Marine Labs, and his doctoral degree from the University of Washington. He joined the faculty of California State University Monterey Bay in 1996. The California State University system acknowledged his contributions in 2004 making him the first faculty member to receive the Wang Family Excellence Award in Natural Sciences. His research with whales, sea otters, sea birds, fish, icebergs, submarine canyons and numerous invertebrates from the Artic to the Antarctic has brought novel insights to the fields of benthic ecology, seafloor disturbance, habitat mapping and species relations, and the effects of harmful algal bloom toxins in marine food chains.

Contact: Dr. Jim Westgate