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‘Extinctions’ the subject of Illg Lecture Sunday

The U.W. Friday Harbor Labs’ 10th annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. James Carlton, professor of marine sciences at Williams College and director of the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport.

Carlton will present “Extinctions in the Sea: The Deletion of Species from the World’s Oceans” Sunday, 7 p.m. in the San Juan Community Theater.

Dinner at the Labs precedes at 5 p.m. Dinner is $16 including tax. Make reservations by calling 378-2165, ext., 11 or e-mail cowelk@u.washington.edu.

Carlton has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

His research is on global marine bioinvasions (their ecosystem impacts, dispersal mechanisms, and management strategies) and on marine extinctions in modern times.

He is the founding editor-in-chief of the international journal Biological Invasions. He is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Distinguished Research Fellow of the University of California, and a Duke University Conservation Scholar.

Carlton was featured in 2005 in the nationally broadcast PBS/National Geographic series “Strange Days on Planet Earth.” He is often heard on National Public Radio and was named by the Smithsonian Institution as an “Ocean Hero.”

This endowed lecture series is presented in honor of the late Professor Paul L. Illg, a faculty member of the U.W. Zoology Department from 1952-1982.

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