Monday, Jan. 25 at Brookdale Community College

LINCROFT, NJ - Dave Grant, Deputy Director of the Shark Research Institute (SRI), will discuss the effects global warming will have on the inhabitants and wildlife resources of the Pacific Northwest and Arctic region, as part of his studies on global warming, at 6 pm Jan. 25 at Brookdale Community College (BCC), Lincroft. The meeting, open to the public, includes members of the BCC Environmental Club, other students, and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Group.

He also will discuss the plight of sharks, which have been on the top the oceans’ food chain, keeping our seas healthy, for 450 million years. Their decline will affect the largest ecosystem on the planet -- and possibly our food chain – since studies indicate that the regional elimination of sharks can cause disastrous effects, including the collapse of local fisheries and the death of coral reefs.

While global warming is expected to raise sea levels as Arctic and Antarctic glaciers melt, the massive increase of fresh water flows also are expected to alter ocean temperatures, salinity levels, and ocean currents, which will, in turn, affect current weather patterns. The cumulative effects of all these changes are already affecting human and marine populations in ecologically fragile areas throughout the world.

Grant’s interests in marine life have led him from the polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctic to the tropical islands of Komodo, Easter, Pitcairn, the Seychelles, Galapagos and Midway. Last summer he sailed on the restored whaleship Charles Morgan out of Mystic Seaport to study plankton and whales; and he observed polar bears in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, as a Grosvenor Fellow through the National Geographic Society. In 2014, he studied the shark fisheries industry off the coasts of Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and the Shetland and Faeroe islands. He has written on marine topics for Natural History Magazine, Underwater Naturalist, CURRENT, New Jersey Outdoors, and Audubon. He has received a dozen accolades for his work in education and conservation, including EPA’s Environmental Quality Award. He also was a professor of biology and environmental science at Brookdale Community College, and directed the college’s Ocean Institute field program at Sandy Hook for budding young science students.

The SRI, a nonprofit scientific research organization founded in 1991, conducts research on sharks and promotes their conservation. Headquartered in Princeton, the SRI serves the scientific community and environmental organizations concerned about the health of ocean ecosystems and resources. It also works closely with subsistence fishermen, sport divers, and the dive tourism industry on sustainability issues.

Mr. Grant’s talk, part of BCC’s “Science Monday” environmental lectures, is hosted by Brookdale’s Environmental Club to encourage students to be involved in statewide and national debates on the importance of strong environmental protections. At the Lincroft meeting, a pizza and subs buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

To get to Brookdale’s Lincroft campus, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2. Use parking lot 7. As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf .