Scientist Saturdays: Giant Clams
Saturday, May 19, 2018
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research and ask all the questions you want from 1 to 4 p.m. The program welcomes guests of all ages to interact with the scientists, who are happy to converse with you about their current research. Come back for new guests each month. Free with general admission. No registration required.
This month, meet graduate students Lincoln Rehm and Michelle Gannon study giant clams. These marvelous mollusks are an important part of coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean. They have brilliantly colored tissues with abundant algae that help make food for the giant clam to use to build its shell. See the large shells of different species, and feel how heavy they are. Get hands-on practice sampling water to measure the different types of food the algae and giant clams eat while learning how this makes their relationship special.