Tabor Academy, 232 Front St. in Marion, will welcome David Remsen, director of Marine Research Services at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, for the last lecture of its 2017-2018 series.

The lecture, set for April 23, 6:30 p.m., is titled "What biodiversity tells us about ourselves and the world around us: the MBL way.”

The Marine Biological Laboratory has been hosting scientific research and advanced educational topics for 130 years. As director of Marine Research Services, Remsen oversees the marine biological operations at the laboratory, including the collection and welfare of a wide range of marine species.

Remsen grew up in and around Woods Hole and first started his career at the MBL as an undergraduate SCUBA diver for the facility he now directs. For more than two decades he has combined and applied his love of marine biology within the field of biodiversity informatics, the applied use of technology on data and information pertaining to biodiversity. He returned to the Cape in 2012 after working in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a senior officer of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, a multi-governmental organization dedicated to providing access to the world’s biodiversity data. He is also a senior member of the board of the Catalogue of Life, an international effort to document all the world's species.

Employing the marine biodiversity of the region as a menu of biological systems, Remsen will present familiar and perhaps not-so-familiar marine species and introduce the audience members to how and why they hold the key to some of the biological mysteries that can affect their lives.

The lecture will take place in Stroud Academic Center.

 

Technology help

Tabor students will reach out to adult learners as part of their Service Day on April 28. From 9 to 11:30 a.m., students will offer advice about the use of digital media, smart devices and computers.

“The students are excited to share their knowledge of social media and the practical use of computers and smart devices, but unfortunately are not able to help with repairs,” said Cheryl Moore, the faculty coordinator of Service Day.

Students will shed light on a number of topics to area residents including:

• Facebook 101

• Skype & Facetime 101: Learn how to video-conference with friends and family

• Photo Management 101: downloading, sharing and backing up to the cloud

• Smart Phone Orientation: including privacy settings

• “How do I?” Help Sessions: one-on-one help with tech questions

People should bring tablets, laptops and smartphones to Tabor.

The event takes place inside the school's Charles Hayden Library. Free parking is available at 71 Spring Street, across from the fire department.