Bay Discussion Series to explore South Pole adventures Nov. 16

Find out what it’s like to journey to the bottom of the world during a discussion at the University of Rhode Island Thursday with scientists who conducted research there.

Two graduate students who went on expeditions to Antarctica will share their experiences during a presentation at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 in Corless Auditorium on the Bay Campus, 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett. The event is free and open the public. All ages are welcome.

The talk is part of the student-led “Bay Informed Discussion Series,” which features URI graduate students every month discussing timely topics, ranging from climate change to the Block Island Wind Farm.

The speakers on Thursday are Samuel Gartzman, who is getting his master’s degree in chemical oceanography, and Alexa Sterling, a doctoral student in biological and environmental sciences. Gartzman studies deep water formation and ice formation gas solubility in the Southern Ocean. Sterling focuses on interactions between bacteria and diatoms.

The discussion series informs the public about important environmental and scientific issues involving the ocean and encourages residents to get involved in these issues locally and nationally.

The Nov. 16 talk is the last of this year. More monthly talks will resume in January. For more information, email or visit the organizers’ Facebook page at

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