Videos and Livestreams - Lunchtime Lecture Series

The NCDEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs hosts a guest lecture series called the "Lunchtime Discovery," hosted and streamed with our partners at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Professionals from a wide range of environmental fields give presentations about their work and participate in a live moderated question and answer chat with viewers. Topics range from spider diversity in North Carolina to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to how to incorporate music in environmental education programming. 

The are several recorded presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics that can be used in the classroom to supplement existing lessons on ecosystems, natural resources, and North Carolina history. 

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Lunchtime Discovery Series for January Line-up

           

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Dr. Erin Field, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
Ever wonder what happens after a ship sinks? The North Carolina coastline has thousands of shipwrecks in the area known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” many of which hold a world of wonder and are home to a diverse ecological community for which microbes are the foundation. In this talk, Dr. Field will discuss the microbes that call these wrecks home, the role microbes play in both the deterioration and protection of shipwrecks, and how this information can be used for long-term preservation. She will also explore how these wrecks can become artificial reefs and an ecological anchor over time, influencing the surrounding environment. Join us as we learn about these invisible organisms that live on shipwrecks and the deep impact they have on the marine ecosystem and the fate of these vessels.

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Coordinator of Current Science Programs Chris Smith and the NC Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff

January 11 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EST
WATCH THIS TALK

Erin Field and two scientists on a boat in the ocean

 

Falyn Owens, Extension Wildlife Biologist, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Feral swine are one of the most destructive invasive species in the US and pose a real threat to food security, clean water and native ecosystems. North Carolina is on the northern border of an expanding section of the country where these pigs freely roam. Efforts to hold back the tide are complicated by history, culture and practical constraints, but that hasn’t stopped several government agencies and private organizations from pooling their resources to tackle the problem. Learn about the threats posed by feral swine, the tools we have to confront them, and what you can do if you spot free-roaming pigs.

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Coordinator of Current Science Programs Chris Smith and the NC Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff

January 18 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EST
WATCH THIS TALK

feral pigs digging up a field