Underwater photographs and talks examine human effect on ecosystems

April 03, 2012

The photographic exhibit "Eyes to Sea: Underwater Photography by Jeremy Cohen" and accompanying presentations by Cohen, Raymond Najjar, Tim White and Iliana Baums will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on April 22, in the Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Museum Art Gallery in the Deike Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

Cohen, associate vice president and senior associate dean for Undergraduate Education at Penn State, will provide a tour of the exhibit and talk about his photographs and experiences at 1 p.m. The three other Penn State scientists will discuss their research on aquatic ecosystems and sustainability. Students from last year's EMS CAUSE class will discuss their new exhibit, "Reef 'Health' in Curaço -- A Disappearing Underwater World" in the science gallery after the presentations.

Talks by the Penn State researchers include White, research associate at the Earth and Environmental Sciences Institute, on "Science Diving at Penn State University;" Najjar, professor of earth and mineral sciences in Department of Meterology, on "Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay in a Warmer World?" and Baums, assistant professor of biology in the Department of Biology, on "Health of Corals in Our Modern Oceans."  

"When we teach our students well," Professor Cohen said. “They learn that in our personal actions, our purchases, our national and local policies, even in our selection of what to eat, there are consequences. We alter for good or for selfish cause the sustainability of the planet and the lives of others. The beauty of education is the possibility that we can come to understand the consequences of what we do and in so doing live up to our capacity to leave something as well as to take something away."

This new exhibit features photographs of marine life -- primarily underwater organisms from oceans throughout the world. Photos of people who use marine resources also are featured to illustrate the strain on both marine and freshwater ecosystems by human utilization. The stress on these systems may be even more acerbated by the impacts of global warming. In fact, some of the consequences of global warming are already apparent in some of these systems.

The presentation is meant to draw attention to the need for humans to live in harmony with their environments. Parts of the exhibit show specimens, equipment and results from scientific research conducted by Penn State scientists on aquatic ecosystems.

  • This photo of a reef in Fiji is part of the exhibit 'Eyes to Sea: Underwater Photography by Jeremy Cohen.'

    IMAGE: Jeremy Cohen

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