Event Details

The Woods Hole Public Library is happy to announce the second in a series of evening lecture s by two graduate students from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, telling about their research in a public-friendly vocabulary and atmosphere.

One of the students who will speak is Anna Wargula, a PhD student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography in the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering. She was first introduced to oceanography and to Woods Hole in the summer of 2010 when she came to investigate how oyster larvae change their swimming behavior in response to turbulence in the water. Currently, her research focuses on coastal ocean physics, specifically, how waves and winds change flows near coastal inlets and river mouths. In the summers she can most often be found underwater in her scuba gear digging for buried scientific equipment (and treasure – but she has yet to find any). Anna is originally from western Pennsylvania and holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Grove City College, a liberal arts college north of Pittsburgh. The Woods Hole Public Library already likes her, since she has found her way into the library already, and has become a regular library borrower. The title of her talk is “A Hurricane at Martha’s Vineyard: what we learned about the power of ocean waves.”

The other speaker will be Dr. Mattias Cape who will speak on “Warming oceans and melting ice: tales from the Greenland Ice Sheet.” Mattias is a postdoc in WHOI’s physical oceanography department, who came to WHOI from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is biological oceanographer fascinated by high latitude marine ecosystems. He is particularly interested in the way the physical environment (atmosphere, ocean, ice) influences the growth of microscopic phytoplankton, and how these various components of the Earth System interact.  

The Library encourages interested audience members of all ages, including high school and junior high school students. There will be supplemental visual materials to further explain the topics. The program will begin at 7:30 in the lower level meeting room and is free and open to the public. For more details, call the Library at 508-548-8961.