Surfers study and track waves to catch that perfect ride. Marine biologists study waves too. Dr. Alan Shanks will talk about the oceanography of waves, in a non-technical way. Come to the Egyptian Theater at 2pm January 21st to learn about wave formation, surf, surf zones, rip currents, sneaker waves, and the effect of surf zones on coastal biology (including surfers). Then enjoy the surfing movie Chasing Mavericks, about American surfer Jay Moriarty.
Alan Shanks is a Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Oregon and has been working at the University’s marine laboratory, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, since 1994. He has a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz and a PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is a Biological Oceanographer, but, because he gets seasick too easily, his research has focused on the hydrodynamics of the nearshore ocean and how this affects the distribution of animals, particular planktonic larvae, and phytoplankton. He has published over 100 papers on a range of topics. One of his current research interests is the effect of surf zones at rocky shores on intertidal communities.