Ocean experts to speak at MERI Sept. 18

BLUE HILL — Two deep-ocean divers who have witnessed dramatic and disturbing changes occurring in oceans across the world will share their observations and concerns in a lecture at the Marine Environmental Research Institute’s Center For Marine Studies.

Marine ecologist Ann Cleveland and photographer Anne Doubilet will present “State of Our Oceans: Crisis and Conservation in the 21st Century” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. The talk will be preceded by a reception for the speakers at 5:30.

This will be the final lecture in the 2013 series “Oceans Matter: Conversations About Oceans and Human Health,” which is free and open to the public.

Cleveland is the chairman of the Corning School of Ocean Studies and Professor of Marine Biology at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Her research has taken her all over the world — from the frigid waters of the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Maine to the warm seas of Baja California and the Caribbean.

She was previously a fisheries observer for the National Marine Fisheries Services and a research diver for Living Seas at the EPCOT Center.

Doubilet is a distinguished member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and has worked throughout the world’s oceans. The devastating changes she has documented for 40 years in the underwater world have spurred her to become a dedicated ocean advocate.

Doubilet is a writer and photographer who has logged thousands of dives worldwide working as a dive-team member for National Geographic magazine, contributing measurably on 34 stories about the seas.

For more information on the talk, call 374-2135.

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