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Science Lecture Series: Dr. Lauren Ross

February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Lauren Ross

Harnessing the power of the ocean currents

Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 pm

How can we use currents to generate sustainable energy?  What are the environmental impacts of doing so? Explore how tidal turbines can optimize energy extraction and understand how coastal environmental conditions are affected by the long-term implementation of tidal turbines. Learn how this research consider both the optimization of tidal turbine arrays and their impact on the environment which can be applied to tidal estuaries in Maine and the tidal energy potential to create sustainable power.


Dr. Lauren Ross is an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Maine. She holds a BS from the University of North Florida in Mathematics, an MS from San Diego State University in Applied Mathematics and a PhD from the University of Florida in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering. Her research involves understanding tidal processes in estuarine and coastal environments. Lauren’s research areas range from the fjords of Chilean Patagonia to the hyper-turbid estuaries of western Europe. She has helped industrial partners in Europe to determine optimal locations for tidal turbines in estuaries and understand how these turbines will alter the surrounding marine environment prior to implementation.

The Science Lecture Series at Emera Astronomy Center will take place the third Thursday of each month and is a partnership project with the Maine Science Festival and will feature research from a variety of science disciplines from around our state and use the digital planetarium to visualize these discoveries in a new dramatic and immersive way.

Season passes are available for the entire October 2018 – April 2019 Science Lecture Series for $30 for adults, and $20 for children under 12. They can be purchased by calling 581-1341, or by inquiring at the box office.

Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12. Click here to view our calendar.

Tickets are available online at, by calling 581-1341, or at the box office.


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February 21, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Versant Power Astronomy Center
167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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