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'Epibiosis: The Tough World of Marine Invaders' at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"Epibiosis: The Tough World of Marine Invaders" will be presented by St. Lawrence University Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Linda Auker at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Rushton Conference Room in the Best Western University Inn, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y. and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.

Linda AukerIn the marine world, there is an ongoing battle for living space. Some species have won this battle by growing on top of competitors and utilizing their body surfaces as substrate. Overgrowth, or epibiosis, is certainly beneficial to the overgrowing species, but what about the species that is overgrown? Is this a beneficial or harmful arrangement? Join Auker as she discusses the impacts of epibiosis, with a focus on invasive species and the traits that allow them to compete effectively.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

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