Creating a Climate for Change through Art & Science: Emil Ruff

Microbes munch methane: How microbes reduce methane emissions from the oceans

Join Highfield Hall for this installment of the series featuring Emil Ruff, Assistant Scientist, Microbial Ecology and Ecophysiology, at Ecosystems Center and Josephine Bay Paul Center, Marine Biological Laboratory.

Microorganisms play a vital role in the Earth’s carbon cycle. They can be a source or a sink of the greenhouse gas methane. In this presentation we will dive to the murky depths of the ocean and visit otherworldly landscapes that harbor microorganisms eating methane. Together these methane munchers remove millions of tons of methane from the world oceans, methane which otherwise may enter the atmosphere and accelerate climate change.

The Creating a Climate for Change series explores the synergies between art and science as a way to communicate important issues surrounding the environment and planetary health while inspiring change and stimulating action.

This in-person event series is presented by Highfield Hall & Gardens in collaboration with the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Woodwell Climate Research Center, and sponsored by the Woods Hole Foundation and the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation.

Admission is free, pre-registration required.

July 28, 2021 5:30pm–7:00pm ET
Highfield Hall
56 Highfield Drive
Falmouth, MA 02540
Dr. Emil Ruff
Dr. Emil Ruff

Assistant Scientist, MBL