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Scientist Saturday: Giant Clams

Saturday, September 14, 2019

1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Meet graduate student, Michelle Gannon, who studies giant clam shells. These majestic mollusks live in coral reefs in symbiosis with colorful algae that provide them food. They have very long lives, observing and recording weather events and conditions as they grow their shells. Giant clams are surrounded by corals, fishes, plankton and other reef organisms.

Hear about the life of a giant clam, what you can learn from their shells and color your own beautiful picture. At home, write a short story about the life of your giant clam and submit it to the Philadelphia Shell Club Instagram page @philadelphiashellclub. Creative stories and pictures will be featured in the PSC Newsletter!

About Scientist Saturday

Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research and ask all the questions you want from 1 to 4 p.m. The program welcomes guests of all ages to interact with the scientists, who are happy to converse with you about their current research. Come back for new guests each month. Free with general admission. No registration required.

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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


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