Tuesday 3rd February will bring a great talk on:
Is Reproduction in the Sea Lunacy? – Professor Matt Bentley
Lunacy, a term no longer in common usage, was used to describe brief periods of insanity related to phases of the moon. In the marine environment many marine organisms reproduce by shedding their eggs and sperm into the water column where a sperm then needs to find an egg for fertilisation to take place. Many species show reproduction that involves highly synchronised spawning to bring eggs together in time and space. Often these reproductive crises are associated with a particular phase of the moon, so represent what could be regarded as a type of lunacy. This Café Scientifique will explore the influence of the moon and other environmental cues in coordinating reproduction in marine animals.
All the best,
From the Cafe Sci team.