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May Safety Stop Stories: Gregory Barord: Saving a Living Fossil

Gregory Barord Saving a Living Fossil: Underwater video observations of the chambered nautilus and its habitat.

Greg completed his B.S. in Marine Biology and a minor in Chemistry at Texas A&M University at Galveston from 2001-2005. While in Galveston, Greg also worked at the National Resource Center for Cephalopods (NRCC) from[masked] and in the quarantine facility at the Aquarium at Moody Gardens from 2006-2008. In an entirely different direction, Greg worked on fishing boats in the Bering Sea from 2008-2011. Currently, Greg is a Ph.D. Candidate at the City University of New York, Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, working with the chambered nautilus. His work focuses on the learning and memory abilities of the chambered nautilus in laboratory trials but he is also working with a team of nautilus researchers on field studies to determine the sustainability of nautilus fisheries throughout the Indo-Pacific due to declining populations and constant unregulated fishing pressures. 

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  • Gary L.

    Greg did a great job telling us about the nautilus living fossil. This is a creature that many or most of us have had no knowledge of until tonight's presentation. The nautilus is an ancient life form, among the oldest on our planet. its physiology is simple or even "primitive" - but effective - as evidenced by the biological antiquity of its design and fossil evidence. Such a shame that it is in danger in some parts of the the central/South Pacific of being fished to extinction just for ornamental jewelry. So little is known of the nautilus, that it may disappear before we even got to know about it. i encourage you to support the nautilus by visiting/shopping at it would be a tragedy for us to lose yet another species to greed and stupidity - in particular one that has existed from the dawn of time. Thank you Greg & team for the work that you do to learn about the nautilus & its life habits, & to create a baseline of understanding before it is too late!

    May 14, 2014

  • Stever

    I will be in North Carolina diving.

    May 9, 2014

  • Tom

    I'm sure this presentation will be great, like all the other speakers Allan at TSSC finds.

    2 · April 18, 2014

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