The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) organizes the Annapolis Café Scientifique—a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
There is never a cover charge for Café Scientifique!
Please note: seating is limited.
Reservations are strongly suggested and sometimes required depending on attendance. Please call (410) 626-9796 to guarantee your seat or, just as importantly, to cancel your reservation so someone on the waitlist may attend.
It is easy to imagine how marine ecosystems are connected: the water that flows among them may transport materials, energy, and pollutants. However, an often under appreciated source of connectivity within marine ecosystems is the movement of animals themselves, which can link food webs by moving between habitats to feed. During this Café Scientifique, we will explore how the behavior of coral reef fish (and their pee!) drives energy and nutrient exchange between marine habitats and fuels local productivity.
Dr. Lauren Yeager is an ecologist whose primary research interests lie in understanding how humans are impacting coastal and marine ecosystems, and subsequently how changes in these systems may affect the ecosystem services they provide. Specifically, she researches how human alterations to coastal landscapes and changes in biodiversity associated with overharvest may drastically alter the structure and function of marine communities. Lauren is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) here in Annapolis, Maryland.