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'Sharks!' Topic for Science Unwrapped Friday, Nov. 3

USU marine ecologist Trisha Atwood is featured Science Unwrapped speaker Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in USU's Eccles Science Learning Center Auditorium. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

Shark Week, Sharknado and who could forget the first time they saw “Jaws”?

Sharks often evoke fear, but Utah State University ecologist Trisha Atwood says the aquatic creatures deserve greater credit for their role in maintaining healthy marine and coastal ecosystems and a sustainable planet.

Atwood presents “Sharks: Guardians of Our Oceans” at USU’s Science Unwrapped public outreach program Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

“Sharks and other apex marine predators continue to be harvested unsustainably throughout the world,” says Atwood, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Watershed Science and the USU Ecology Center. “We’re learning the loss of these animals could have far-reaching ecological consequences.”

Refreshments and hands-on learning activities conducted by USU students and faculty members, along with community groups, follow Atwood’s talk.

Hosted by the USU College of Science, the Nov. 3 presentation is the third and final talk of Science Unwrapped’s Fall 2017 Ecology! Series, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the USU Ecology Center. The gathering also kicks off Science Week at USU, Nov. 3-10.

Science Unwrapped resumes Jan. 26, with its new, Spring 2018 “Science of Art” Series, which celebrates USU’s “Year of the Arts.”

For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit the Science Unwrapped website or view the ‘Science Unwrapped at USU’ Facebook page

Related links:
“Jumping the Shark: USU Ecologist says Predators Protect Marine Ecosystems,”
Utah State Today 
USU College of Science 

Contact: Nancy Huntly, 435-797-2555,
Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

Science Unwrapped features hands-on learning activities all ages can enjoy together. The Nov. 3 presentation focuses on sharks.

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