Marine ecologist Katie DuBois will lead a presentation, “Saving Maine’s Seagrass Meadows,” in an online webinar offered by Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, April 20 at noon.

Historically, over 35,000 acres of seagrass meadows lined the Maine coastline. These marine meadows not only boost the health of coastal ecosystems but also have enormous positive impacts on Maine fisheries.

But Maine seagrass meadows have been disappearing for the last several decades. In this program, DuBois will speak about why seagrasses are important, what is causing the decline of Maine seagrasses, and possible ways to restore this ecosystem.

DuBois is a marine ecologist interested in how ecological and evolutionary feedbacks determine species resilience to environmental change. Her research focuses on seagrass ecosystem response to rising ocean temperatures. A primary goal of her research is to understand how physiological mechanisms determine response of individuals to environmental stress and how these processes scale-up to influence population and community dynamics. She received a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Bowdoin College and a Doctorate in marine ecology from the University of California- Davis.

This program is part of Merryspring’s Online Spring Talk series. All Online Talks will be held as Zoom webinars. Access to a computer or smart device is required. All guests must request a meeting link by emailing info@merryspring.org to attend. Those who have not received their requested email by 11 a.m. on the morning of the program should email info@merryspring.org. Online Talks are open to everybody, free of charge.

Merryspring is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information, contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.