Microbes thrive everywhere, even in harsh polar regions. Paty Matrai, a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, traveled to both the North Pole and Antarctica last year to study interactions between ocean bacteria and phytoplankton that have global implications.
On July 30 at 5 p.m., Matrai will present “Ends of the Earth: A Year of Research in the Arctic and Antarctic” as part of the free Café Sci series at Bigelow Laboratory, 60 Bigelow Dr. in East Boothbay.
“Polar regions are the fastest-changing places on our planet, and our grasp of the linked microbial processes in the air, sea ice, and seawater there is still very limited,” Matrai said. “A better understanding of how clouds form at the poles is key to predicting the global climate of the future.”
In both the Arctic and Antarctic, Matrai’s team worked to understand how microbial interactions affect the gases and aerosols that contribute to cloud formation. Join her to learn about the adventures and challenges of polar research, as well as some of the important microbial processes in these regions that help control the temperature of our planet.
Bigelow Laboratory’s Café Sci is a series of free events that helps the public engage with ocean researchers on critical issues and groundbreaking science. This summer, the series of six talks is held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 13. For more details and to register for events, visit bigelow.org/cafesci