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REF NO.: 71

SUBJECT: Book launch: Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life

DATE: Nov. 23,2010

           A book launch for Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life: Making Ocean Life Count by Dr. Paul Snelgrove will take place Dec. 2 at 5 p.m., in the Arts and Administration building, room A-1043.
            Join Dr. Snelgrove, professor at the Ocean Sciences Centre and Department of Biology, for a presentation followed by a wine and cheese reception and book signing in the atrium. All are welcome to attend.
            Over the 10-year course of the recently completed Census of Marine Life, a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations has collaborated to improve our understanding of marine biodiversity – past, present and future. Providing insight into this remarkable project, this book explains the rationale behind the census and highlights some of its most important and dramatic findings, illustrated with full-color photographs throughout.
             It explores how new technologies and partnerships have contributed to greater knowledge of marine life, from unknown species and habitats, to migration routes and distribution patterns, and to a better appreciation of how the oceans are changing. Looking to the future, it identifies what needs to be done to close the remaining gaps in our knowledge, and provides information that will enable us to manage resources more effectively, conserve diversity, reverse habitat losses and respond to climate change.
            Paul Snelgrove chaired the Synthesis Group of the Census of Marine Life that has overseen the final phase of the program. He is now director of the NSERC Canadian Healthy Oceans Network, a research collaboration of 65 marine scientists from coast-to-coast in Canada that continues to census ocean life.
          

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