Coral reef topic of Nov. 24 lecture at Burpee

Staff Report

Leon Carley, Ph.D., will discuss “Relationships on the Coral Reef” during a Mahlburg Scholars Lecture at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford.

Experience the dynamic life in the coral reef. Learn about the unique and various relationships that exist between the inhabitants of this underwater world.

The presentation will show various organisms in their commensalate or mutualistic interactions. With some organisms, the relationships are easily visible. With others, the mutualism is more difficult to distinguish. Dr. Carley feels politicians should act like some of these coral reef organisms and work together and benefit each other, rather than competing. They should practice the mutualism that is found so prevalently in the coral reefs.

Dr. Carley directs Burpee Museum’s Project Clear. He is professor emeritus of biology at Rockford University. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a post doc from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His research interests include the effects of low-intensity microwaves on plant tissue and population studies and community dynamics of diatoms.

Dr. Carley has been diving for about 20 years. He began diving when he took groups of Rockford College students to the Florida Keys for interim studies. He has also dived in Jamaica, Cozamel, Bonaire and Belize. Belize is his favorite.

From the Nov. 20-26, 2013, issue

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