Next up in Illg Lecture Series: 'Deep Sea Coral Reefs'

Dr. Jason Hall-Spencer.  - Contributed photo
Dr. Jason Hall-Spencer.
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Jason Hall-Spencer knows a thing or two about coral reefs and the deep blue sea. Underwater volcanoes, too.

And, he's ready to share.

Dr. Hall-Spencer will be the feature speaker in the next episode of the Paul Illg Distinguished Lecture Series, Sunday, July 1, sponsored by the University of the Washington Friday Harbor Labratories. The presentation is at San Juan Community Theater, 7 p.m.

Based at Plymouth University, U.K., Hall-Spencer heads up a research team that this year is studying coral reefs in the Arctic Ocean, tracking fishing vessels by satellite to design conservation area, and examining underwater volcanoes in tropical and temperate seas to help predict the effect and relationship of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and ocean acidification.

Hall-Spencer attended graduate school at the University of London, where he received a Ph.D in marine ecology in 1995. His research is used by policy makers to assist in the management of marine environment, such as fisheries, aquaculture, marine protected areas, reefs, seamounts and deep-sea benthos.

For more about Dr. Hall-Spencer and his research, visit

The Illg Distinguished Lecturer Series in presented by Friday Harbor Labs in honor of UW zoology professor Paul Illg, an expert in biology of crustaceans, who is credited with enhancing the quality of the Labs' research and graduate program by inviting world-renowned scholars to join him in teaching invertebrate biology at the Friday Harbor-based research facility. An endowment to support the lecture series was established through memorial gifts from Illg's family, friends and colleagues.

For info, 378-2165 ext. 11.


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