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Burkholder, Sadove, and Gruber All Will Appear in Marine Biology Series

STONY BROOK, N.Y., January 29, 2001—Cindy Lee Van Dover, the nationally —known deep-sea biologist, submarine pilot, and author will be the featured speaker when the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University kicks off its Marine Biology Explorations Lecture Series next month. The lectures are free and open to the general public.

Van Dover’s discussion—”Beyond the Edge of the Sea: Life in the Extreme”‘—takes place Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 PM at Lecture Hall 001 in the —Earth and Space Science Building on the Stony Brook campus. It will focus on her adventures as a scientist and as a certified pilot of the deep-sea diving submarine R.V. Alvin. She has been an important submarine explorer and scientist and will recount her findings on the biology of the famous deep-sea hot vents and her advances in the understanding of animal life under extreme pressure and temperature and low lights. The author of the popular 1997 book Deep Ocean Journeys, Van Dover was the pilot-in-command of 48 dives of the R.V. Alvin between 1990-95. She is a former McCurdy Scholar at Duke University’s Marine Laboratory, a past ‘Science Director of the West Coast National Undersea Research Center at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the biology department at the College of William and Mary.

Future events also take place at 7:00 PM in Lecture Hall 001 in the Earth and Space Sciences Building and feature JoAnn Burkholder, the marine biologist and expert on marine pollution, whose lecture “Crisis of “Polluted Waters: Toxic Algae and Other Dangers” takes place Thursday, “March 8; Sam Sadove, the noted sea turtle biologist and conservationist, whose lecture “Sea Turtles” takes place Wednesday, March 28; and Sam “Gruber, the acclaimed shark researcher, whose lecture “Sharks!” takes “place Tuesday, May 1.

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