Paola Palma from the Faculty of Science and Technology will be taking to the stage for the fifth Talk BU Live. Paola will be talking about ancient shipwrecks and the creatures responsible for sinking them.
Talk BU Live takes place on Tuesday 24 February at 5.30pm in Dylan’s Bar in Talbot Campus.
Shipworms, shipwrecks and global ‘worming’
Marine borers, particularly shipworms – destroyers of timber par excellence – have been a well-known threat to sailors since ancient times. They attacked the wooden hulls of ships with such intensity that the weakened planks broke up even with mild impact caused by hitting a rock or any floating objects causing tragic ship-wrecks. Even the survival of sunken ships as historic wrecks depends on the mercy of wood-destroying organisms, which may turn these “port-holes” to history into meaningless junk.
Recent research along the English coast has shown evidence of a shipworm which is typical of much warmer waters. But what exactly are these sea-dwelling critters? Why are they so far North? And what can we do to stop them destroying our maritime history?
Join us in Dylan’s to explore these questions and more.
Talk BU Live is a series of short talks by BU staff or students designed to share ideas and spark debate. Talks are 20 minutes long and take place once a month in Dylan’s bar on Talbot Campus. They are free to attend and open to all staff and students.