Life at hot vents: fast and furious

Verena Tunnicliffe, Ph.D.
University of Victoria

Wednesday, November 15, 2000
3:00 p.m.—Pacific Forum

Hydrothermal vents offer a marvelous habitat for life: a lot of food is available to the venturesome. The challenges, however, include a highly variable chemical milieu, undependable access to fluids, competition from your neighbors, and a long way to go to the next vent.

We'll explore the tradeoffs between home security and good food access, how those tubeworms actually get their symbionts, how spiders mate in the deep sea anyway, and some internecine warfare in worms... All this, on top of an eruptive volcano.

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