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Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Faith Ortins - The Land Below the Land Down Under: Exploring Tasmania
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Tasmania is an unexplored treasure above and below the water! Whether you like wrecks, deep walls, caverns, kelp or pretty reefs, there is something for you in Tasmania. Divers and non-divers alike will appreciate the unspoiled landscape and unique animals of Tasmania. Diving there is logistically challenging but definitely worth it- Fair warning though, once you see this presentation, you will have a new destination to add to your bucket list!

Faith has spent most of her adult life in the ocean. Starting as a scientific diver and volunteering for public safety diving operations in the 1980’s, Faith became a technical diver and dive professional and has thousands of dives over her 38 year diving career. She worked with DUI to develop the first women’s drysuits and now leads DUI’s sales team worldwide. She created the DUI DEMOTOUR, which promoted local diving while allowing divers to test dive DUI products, and the DIVEOPS program which promotes education about the risks of diving in contaminated water. She has led expeditions around the world spanning every ocean and continent including many to the most remote places on Earth such as Antarctica and the Arctic. A frequent presenter at dive shows and conferences, she is a 2010 inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame and a member of the Boston Sea Rovers.

Wednesday, Feb 21th, 2017, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Diane Thompson - The future of EL Nino and coral reefs in a warming climate
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El Nino events drive intense floods, droughts and temperature extremes all over the world, resulting in massive coral bleaching and mortality on reefs worldwide. However, it is still unclear how the frequency and intensity of these events will change as global climate continues to warm.

In her talk, Diane discuss how we can use corals to study how ocean temperatures and El Nino events have changed in the past and elucidate how they might change in the future with continued warming.

Diane Thompson is an Assistant Professor at Boston University's School for the Earth & Environment. Although Diane grew up in Minnesota, she developed a deep passion for the ocean during childhood snorkeling trips at Buck Island, US Virgin Islands. Diane attended Florida Institute of Technology and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology in the spring of 2006. As part of her undergraduate course work, she studied the reef ecosystems of the Bahamas and the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of Australia. Her thesis researched focused on the relationship between the frequency of thermal stress events in the past and the severity of coral bleaching during recent warm periods.

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General Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, at the New England Aquarium Conference Center (located on the first floor of the Harbor Garage). Click here for directions

Every month a lucky dive club member gets to dive in the NEAq's Giant Ocean Tank.

Social Hour Before the General Meeting

Join us at a local restraunt before the next General Meeting. Anytime after 5:30 and there should be a few members hanging around. Stop by for drinks, appetizers, dinner, or just to say hi.

We will pick the location a day or two before the meeting, and post it on Facebook, and on the website home page

These get-togethers are meant to help answer questions and talk with new or less active members. We'll tell you about the latest club news and hear about your interests in diving.

If you are an active member, please come out and help us greet people.

Hope to see you there!

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Officer meeting

First Wednesday of every month
Location: Varies

Every month there is also a meeting where the officers discuss club issues. It is held at a different place each month, usually at a member's house, restaurant or other informal setting.

It is open to the membership, and is the perfect opportunity to bring up issues directly to the board. if you would like to attend, ask an officer and they'll let you know the location for that month.