Bourne, Sandwich and Wareham, Massachusetts News


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8/3/2022 2:32:50 PM General

Highfield Hall & Gardens presents Biodiversity is the Key to Life on Earth: A Lecture Series featuring our local science institutions. Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:30-7:00 pm

Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce a five part-lecture series in collaboration with scientists from the area, highlighting biodiversity in different environments around the world.

Please join us for the third presentation in this series with Molly Curran, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, on August 10. Open your eyes to the deep and discover the amazing machines that WHOI scientists use to explore biodiversity of the Arctic and other locations. Molly Curran is a mechanical engineer in WHOI’s Deep Submergence Laboratory. She designs and operates cutting-edge, deep-sea robotic systems including remotely operated vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and deep-sea samplers.

She was WHOI’s first pilot for Mesobot, an autonomous robot designed to study the ocean twilight zone. Her favorite place to explore is the Arctic with a unique under-ice vehicle enabling her to access remote areas, some with hydrothermal vents that would otherwise be inaccessible. She describes the Arctic as “… incredible—so mighty and harsh yet beautiful and serene at the same time.”

Ms. Curran received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a Minor in Ocean Engineering – from the University of New Hampshire. She started at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution right out of college and is an engineer in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department.


 “I’ve always loved science and water, so doing engineering to advance science in the ocean is a dream come true!”


            $10 per person

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Biodiversity Lecture Series

The study of Biodiversity encompasses all evolutionary and ecological aspects of life on Earth. Many of the science institutions of the area are conducting cutting edge research on critical areas of biodiversity on the planet. While the goals for each project vary, the concept that biodiversity is fundamental for the health of the planet is unvarying.


From the depths of the sea to the green forests of the Amazon, from microscopic ocean creatures to the tallest trees in the world, research into the breadth and depth of life on the planet gives us clues to the origins of life and a road map to help us preserve it.


Please look for future talks with Molly Curran, WHOI, August 10, talking about operating remotely operated vehicles in the arctic, Jeff Schell SEA, August 24, Secrets of the Sargasso Sea:  Blooms, Biodiversity, and Ocean Tipping Points, and Marcia Macedo, Woodwell Climate Research Center. Sept 7, Exploring the rich biodiversity of the Amazon.




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