Ask the Scientist


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How do scientists go from OMG to PhD? How do they turn their passion for science into their profession? What advice do they have for future scientists?

If you are a 5th-12th grade student, undergraduate, teacher or parent, join us to ask these questions and more in a Q&A session with our weekly Seminar speakers on Wednesdays from 1:30-2PM.

Parents must give permission for children under 18 to participate. 

Register to attend here.

Questions? Contact Erin Blackwood at



November 18
Linda McCann, Marine Biologist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Based at SERC’s Marine Invasions Lab located on San Francisco bay, Linda studies non-native or invasive species in marine, coastal ecosystems: species that move from their place of origin to establish in new areas (non-native) and have negative impacts in their new homes (invasive). Beginning with work in Chesapeake Bay at SERC’s east coast lab, Linda has over 25 years of experience in invasive species research exploring patterns in species distributions, impacts of invasives on native species and working to predict community structure in changing conditions. Her main focus has been on the ‘moss animals’ or bryozoans- tiny, colonial animals that inhabit shallow waters of the sea. Linda’s work has taken her all over the world, to places as different as the Galapagos and the Bering Sea, Australia and Panama, to try to piece together how marine invertebrates in all of these places are different, how they are the same, and how they are changing through time. 



View the full schedule HERE.