Pike Spector is the featured lecturer at an upcoming talk about kelp forests along the Olympic coast.
The Coastal Interpretive Center has hosted the Glimpses Lecture Series every winter since 2014. Topics range from birdwatching to beachcombing and everything in between.
The 2022-2023 Glimpses Lecture Series is held in person, every third Thursday of the month from October through March.
Spector is a California Sea Grant state fellow with NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary where he works as a Sanctuary Program Specialist.
“I have extensive field and laboratory experience, as well as a solid foundation in data analysis, visualization and synthesis,” states. “Aside from working with scientists, managers and policy makers, I enjoy participating in outreach and education events, developing educational materials and strengthening my science communication skills.
Spector’s lecture — “Kelp Forests and the Nearshore Ecosystems of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary” — takes place 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Ocean Shores Lions Club
According to a press release, kelp forests are home to a wide diversity of ecologically and economically important marine plants and animals. Dominated by canopy-forming kelps, such as bull kelp and giant kelp, the nearshore communities of the Olympic Coast play a major role in maintaining the biodiversity of this rugged coastline.
From supporting the abundance of seabirds, marine mammals, and fish of the Olympic Coast, to the human economies that rely on them, kelp forests also sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide and buffer the coastline from large waves and storms.
This talk will explore some of these communities, and the amazing organisms found within.
Admission for the lecture is $10. Tickets will be sold at the door.