Our friend and marine scientist Dr. Erin Burge will be giving a Live Chat on explore.org’s webpage Tuesday, February 10th at 12:00 PM MST. Erin has been a part of many Teens4Oceans projects and we are ecstatic to have him giving a talk about the work he has done. The Live Chat will be held on explore.org’s Frying Pan Deep Camera, a camera that Erin actually assisted installing as part of the dive team.
Erin also utilizes The Frying Pan Cameras with his students at Coastal Carolina University. Using recordings from the cameras, Erin and his students are able to gather data for various projects having to do with species diversity and seasonal abundance of those species. His familiarity with The Frying Pan Tower and the ecosystem around it should add up to a fantastic talk.
You will be able to ask Dr. Erin any questions revolving around The Frying Pan Cameras and the ecosystem around it by posting your questions in the comments area on explore.org! We can’t wait to hear the chat and make sure to tune in and bring your questions!
A little about the Chatter…
Erin J. Burge, PhD, is an associate professor of marine science at Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, South Carolina. Since joining the faculty in 2006 he has worked and published on a diverse array of issues and questions in marine biology. Some of his recent work has examined using underwater videography to aid fisheries assessments of economically and ecologically important fishes of the western Atlantic Ocean. His videography work includes using stationary camera deployments to estimate grouper populations on the biodiverse ledge habitats of the South Atlantic Bight and examination of invasive lionfish feeding habits in the Caribbean. Additional interests include the parasites of rare and endemic fishes of the southeastern United States, ecological impacts of invasive parasites, and the application of molecular techniques to questions in marine ecology. He is currently funded for projects including the ecology of competition in the fish genus Fundulus, population demographics and parasites of an indicator species, the coquina clam, Donax variabilis, and applying microbial source tracking molecular assays for remediating recreational beaches impacted by bacterial pollution.