December 10 Listening Session: Deep Sea Corals in the Mid-Atlantic

Guest Speaker: Dr. Martha Nizinski

Wednesday, December 10, 2014  ∙  5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore 
550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 
Telephone: (410) 234-0550


Members of the public are invited to attend the Council’s next listening session at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10th to learn more about deep sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic. Guest speaker will be Dr. Martha Nizinski, a zoologist at the NOAA Fisheries National Systematics Lab, which is housed in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Nizinski’s current research focuses on biodiversity and community structure of invertebrate fauna associated with deep-water coral reefs. She has played a key role in several groundbreaking explorations of deep sea habitats in the Northeast. Last summer, she was one of two lead scientists on board NOAA’s research ship Okeanos Explorer during the Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013—a 36-day exploration of deep sea canyons off the coast from Virginia to Maine. This year, she participated on a team of scientists that spent two weeks on board NOAA’s Henry S. Bigelow surveying and collecting samples of deep-sea corals and related marine life in canyons in the northern Gulf of Maine in U.S. and Canadian waters.

Dr. Nizinski’s presentation will be followed by an informal question and answer session. Members of the public are welcome to attend the listening session in person or via webinar. Individuals participating online may submit questions and comments using the chat feature of the webinar.

The listening session is being held in conjunction with the Council’s December meeting. For a complete agenda, briefing materials, and additional information, go to

Please contact Jason Didden at or (302) 526-5254 if you have any questions regarding the listening session process or if you would like to confirm that your computer is set up to access the webinar.