Symposium focuses on marine life history, April 29
Posted April 25, 2005; 05:20 p.m.
"Lives of the Sea," a symposium on the history of marine life, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, in 101 Icahn Lab. The event will bring together scientists and historians who are concerned with the changing character of marine environments.
D. Graham Burnett, a Princeton historian of science and the organizer of the symposium, will serve as moderator and offer introductory remarks.
"This gathering represents an effort to draw scientists and historians into conversation," Burnett said. "In the last few years there have been controversies over different techniques for establishing pre-exploitation baseline values for several marine populations, particularly whales. Some of these techniques rely on actual historical source material; others make use of genetic sampling and are independent of archival catch data. Interdisciplinary work is essential to reconcile the discrepancies. These sorts of conflicts between different scientific techniques are particularly interesting to historians of science, but I would hope that this event would be valuable to anyone concerned with marine conservation, ocean science or policy issues."