Dr. Valerie Paul
Dr. Valerie Paul
Dr. Valerie Paul, Director of the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce and the Head Scientist of the Chemical Ecology Program, will visit Sanibel Sea School on Friday, February 22nd to give a presentation about her work related to harmful algal blooms.
 
Dr. Paul researches marine chemical ecology, marine plant and herbivore interactions, coral reef ecology, and the ecological roles of marine natural products. More specifically, in her coral reef ecology research she studies the impact of cyanobacterial blooms on coral reefs and the larvae of reef building corals. “This is truly a lecture you won’t want to miss, and a chance to ask an expert about toxic blue-green algae, which has affected us locally in recent months,” said marine educator Shannon Stainken.
 
The event will begin at 5 PM at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way). $10 per person, please call (239) 472-8585 to RSVP. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org.