Monday, August 17, 2009
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Fall Evening Lecture Series
Topics include deep-sea animal diversity and volcanic plumes
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoDates: Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Explore Earth's mysteries through the Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series, presented monthly at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. From the atmosphere to the ocean abyss, join Scripps researchers on their paths to discovery in this acclaimed series.
Monday, Sept. 14
Microbes of the Deep: Tiny Organisms with a Global Impact
Cultures of seafloor microbes. Photo by Marc Tule.
Lihini Aluwihare, Scripps ocean chemist
Investigations into the ocean's role in the global carbon cycle, as well as other cycles essential to life, have taken on increasing importance as scientists strive to understand the potential impacts of global change. Join Scripps ocean chemist Lihini Aluwihare as she explains how her research is helping to quantify the interconnections between the biology, geology and chemistry of the oceans, and ultimately the planet.
Monday, Oct. 12
New Discoveries in Deep-Sea Animal Diversity
Greg Rouse, Scripps biological oceanographer
The deep ocean remains largely unexplored and deep-sea animals, their distribution and their relationships to each other are the subject of an ever-increasing variety of research projects. Join Scripps biological oceanographer Greg Rouse as he unveils the latest findings on some of the ocean's most intriguing and least-studied creatures. Learn about the sophisticated tools oceanographers are using to understand the evolution of life in the ocean.
Monday, Nov. 9
Probing the Deep Earth: Seeking the Source of Hawaiian Volcanoes
Erupting volcano. Photo by Sam Clemens.
Gabi Laske, Scripps geophysicist
The Hawaiian volcanoes are a classic example of the unique type of volcanic activity that occurs in the interior, rather than at the edges, of the earth's tectonic plates. Learn how Scripps geophysicist Gabi Laske is investigating the hypothesis that these active volcanoes are fed by a super-heated plume from deep in the earth. Discover how long-term, ocean-bottom earthquake monitoring will allow Laske and her colleagues to find and image the plume that gives rise to this spectacular chain of volcanoes.
Perspectives lectures are intended for a lay audience. Birch Aquarium admission and parking are included. Light refreshments are available. Past lectures air on UCSD-TV and broadcast to more than 16 million viewers via satellite and cable television. Archived lectures also can be found on YouTube. For more information, visit: http://ucsd.tv/oceanscience.
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps:
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 400,000, including 45,000 school children.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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