Ocean Acidification & Deep-Sea Organisms

Although the natural absorption of CO2 by the world’s oceans help mitigate climate effects, the resulting decrease in pH causes ocean acidification which can have negative consequences for much of the marine life, specifically calcifiers such as corals and mollusks that construct their shells and skeletons from calcium carbonate.

“We use state-of-the-art techniques to virtually section foraminifera, and gain insight in their shell construction, duration of life and mode of reproduction. We have much to learn about and from single-celled organisms, which serve as monitoring organisms for deep-sea calcifiers in general, and their response to past ocean acidification. They are a crucial part of the huge deep-sea oceanic ecosystem, and understanding what happened to them during acidification in the past is critical to improving projections on the effects of future climate change.” -Dr Laura Foster

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Ocean Acidification & Deep-Sea Organisms

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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