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Lunchtime Discovery: The Mysterious Ecosystem of the Ocean’s Surface

  • Wednesday, December 07, 2022
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

By-the-wind sailor, Velella sp. Photo: Dennis Riek.By-the-wind sailor, Velella sp. Photo: Dennis Riek.

Dr. Rebecca Helm, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Georgetown University

There is a thin layer of life that exists between the sea and sky. This ecosystem, called the neuston, is composed of floating golden algae, strange blue jellyfish, purple bubble snails and even open-ocean insects. In this talk, Dr. Helm will introduce you to this floating world, and share ways that you can engage in exploration of and discovery on the ocean’s surface.

Join us on YouTube!

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ SECU Daily Planet Curator Chris Smith and the NC Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff.

You can post questions in the YouTube chat or tweet questions to #LunchTimeDiscovery and mention @NorthCarolinaEE.

Brought to you by the NC DEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.


December 7, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


NC United States


Chris Smith