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Sustainability Film Discussion: Chasing Coral

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Virtual Event

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 7 pm– 8 pm

Event Details

This is a past event.

2022 Sustainability Film Series and Facilitated Discussion

Virtual ZOOM facilitated discussion for MTU faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and community members.
3rd Thursday of each month, January to May 2022.  

Chasing Coral (88 min.)

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an alarming rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Between 2014 – 2017, Chasing Coral captured the most severe bleaching event in recorded history. During these years, 75% of corals suffered or died from heat stress brought on by climate change. It is predicted that if nothing changes, by 2034 there will be severe bleaching events every year, and by the end of the century every reef in the world will bleach. (From the makers of “Chasing Ice”.) 

Discussion Facilitator

Casey Huckins, Professor, MTU Department of Biological Sciences, Great Lakes Research Center. Dr. Huckins grew up around water beginning with his childhood on Flathead Lake in Montana and being a boat captain tour guide for Glacier National Park, to living and working on the Research Ship for the Marine Systems Lab of the Smithsonian Institution for several years between earning my BS at Oregon State University and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Michigan State University. He has been a faculty member at MTU since 1998. His research group in aquatic ecology investigates restoration of migratory coaster brook trout, control of invasive species, and habitat improvement, including rivers that have been degraded by land use in the watershed. For the past decade, Dr. Huckins and Jill Fisher have taught a course in the Bahamas on the biology and ecology of tropical island plant and animal communities in marine and terrestrial systems within the context of the geological and human history, and climate of these fragile tropical ecosystems and their incredible biodiversity.

Suggested Donation

The event is FREE. A $5 suggested donation per film to support the Sustainability Film Series is appreciated. Make a donation online.

Cosponsored By

  • Friends of the Land of Keweenaw
  • MTU Sustainability Demonstration House
  • Keweenaw Land Trust
  • Sustainability Sciences Program, Department of Social Sciences
  • Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
  • College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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Register to receive the FREE zoom link to participate in the facilitated discussion. The film is available on Netflix and YouTube (free).

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