Lake Baikal, known as the Sacred Sea of Siberia, is the subject of “Science for Everyone!” and is the first in this monthly series of talks hosted by UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) on Thursday,

Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The series will be presented at the NCEAS lounge, third floor, in the Balboa Building at 735 State Street, Santa Barbara. The events are free and open to the public and will be webcast live. Light refreshments will be served.

In this presentation, Stephanie Hampton, deputy director of NCEAS, will take the audience on an ecological tour of Lake Baikal, where she conducts research. Lake Baikal is a lake of superlatives: It is the world’s deepest, most ancient, most biologically diverse lake. It is also the largest freshwater lake by volume. Home to the world’s only freshwater pinniped — the Baikal seal — and an astonishing diversity of freshwater creatures and underwater landscapes, this unique ecosystem depends on long periods of ice cover and cold temperatures…

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