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“European Green Crabs: An Invasive Menace in New England”, Presented by Alan Young, Professor of Biology at Salem State University

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The green crab is ranked among the 100 worst alien invasive species worldwide. What do we know about this little crab that is so pervasive on our beaches and rocky shore? Should we in Salem Sound be concerned and, if so, what should we do about it?


European Green Crab, image from CSIRO


Dr. Alan Young, Professor of Biology at Salem State University, will share his expertise and local research on the European green crab. He will discuss the invasion of green crabs in New England: where they came from; how they got here; population dynamics; will ocean warming increase their numbers; impacts of these crabs in Salem Sound, and possible control measures. Come prepared to answer the question: would you consider eating a green crab?


Alan M. Young is a Professor of Biology at Salem State University, where, for the past 28 years, he has taught courses in Biological Oceanography, Estuarine Ecology, Environmental Problems and General Ecology. He has Masters and PhD degrees in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina – Columbia. Dr. Young has conducted a diverse variety of research projects and published scientific papers on topics including hermit crab physiological ecology, Phragmites eradication and salt marsh restoration, microplastics marine debris in Hawaii, and the topic of tonight’s talk, invasive European green crabs.“Underwater in Salem Sound” is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. For more information, please visit www.salemsound.org.


2019 is the 7th year of the annual “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series. There will be two more lectures in the 2019 series, on the following Wednesdays: March 27th, and April 24th, at 7:00 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.


February 27
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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