Benson, K. R. University of Washington, krbenson@u.washington.edu

 
THE MARINE BIOLOGY ORIGINS OF AMERICAN OCEANOGRAPHY
 
By the early part of the twentieth century, European scientists had already developed a strong tradition in oceanographic research, especially in studies relating to aspects of what is now known as biological oceanography. At the same time, such a tradition was absent in the United States. Instead, American biologists spent summer vacations at a seashore, working in a variety of marine biological research stations, including the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole), Scripps Institute of Biological Research (La Jolla), Hopkins Seaside Station (Stanford University), and the Puget Sound Biological Station (University of Washington). Shortly after World War I ended, several of these biologists worked to extend their seaside studies to investigations of the open ocean while national leaders of American science (National Research Council) also sought to support oceanographic work. Thus, American oceanography developed at the same locations where marine biological stations existed, providing a unique background for the emergence of these new studies by the sea.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 03:30 - 04:00pm
Location: Eldorado Hotel
 
Code: TS02WE0330E