Dr. Lauren Ross, of the University of Maine, will lead a presentation on a recent study of tidal energy in Maine, at the Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, Tuesday, Feb. 26 at noon.

Ross’s presentation asks the questions “How can we use currents to generate sustainable energy?” and “What are the environmental impacts of doing so?” This program will explore how tidal turbines can optimize energy extraction and seek to understand how coastal environmental conditions are affected by the long-term implementation of tidal turbines. Guests will learn how this research considers both the optimization of tidal turbine arrays and their impact on the environment, which can be applied to tidal estuaries in Maine and worldwide.

Ross is an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Maine. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Florida in Mathematics, a Master of Science from San Diego State University in Applied Mathematics and a PhD from the University of Florida in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering.

This lecture is part of the Winter Talk series at Merryspring. Admission is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring. For more information, contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.