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EOS Center Virtual Seminar Fall 2020
Dec 2, 2020 03:30 PM
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Bethanie Edwards (October 21/Bay Area Science Festival)
Assistant Professor @UC Berkeley
Bethanie Edwards is a professor at UC-Berkeley and a sea-going oceanographer who hails from rural Arkansas. She is deeply interested in how marine microbes interact with one another, the chemical language that they use to do so, and the impact this has on ocean chemistry and climate. Since the industrial revolution, the ocean has absorbed ~40% of the CO2 that we’ve put into the atmosphere. This process is primarily driven by microscopic phytoplankton and the bacteria, viruses, and zooplankton grazers that use them as an energy source. Dr. Edwards’ expertise is in lipidomics, which allows her to listen in on their molecular conversations and gain insight into the complex web of microbial interactions. She is also an advocate for intersectionality in STEM, serving on the Board of Directors for the Society for Women in Marine Science and as a member of The Oceanography Society’s Ethics Committee.