The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab Conservation Lecture 

Submarine Canyons: Pathways to the Abyss  
A Presentation by Scientist
Dr. Sandra Brooke 
Imagine the Grand Canyon thousands of feet underwater at the edge of the continental shelf, and you would have a good idea of what a submarine canyon looks like. These rugged deep sea habitats are dark, turbid and cold with strong currents that scour away sediments to expose the underlying rocks. Despite their inhospitable conditions, they are home to vibrant communities of deep sea corals and their associates, including some important fisheries species. This video showcases the colorful and complex world of deep sea canyon animals, including coral trees that are 15 feet tall and massive beds of mussels that live on methane gas seeping out of the seafloor. 
Thursday
January 14th, 2016
at 7 pm

FSUCML Auditorium

Reception follows the presentation

Dr. Sandra Brooke (FSUCML faculty) studies the biology and ecology of hard-bottom invertebrates, particularly deep sea corals. She has conducted research in Norway, Scotland and Alaska as well as closer to home in the southeastern US and Gulf of Mexico. Most recently, her research involved exploration and research of deep-water submarine canyons off the US Atlantic coast.

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