Monday, May 16, 2011
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Summer Evening Lecture Series
Topics include sea turtles, coral reefs, and more
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoDates: June 13, July 11 & Aug. 8
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series features engaging presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from and connected to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Scripps scientists are exploring Earth's mysteries in hundreds of research projects under way on every continent. Learn about science at Scripps and join researchers on their paths to discovery.
Monday, June 13
Sea Turtles of Indonesian New Guinea
Researchers survey sea turtles.
Geoffrey Gearheart, Scripps marine biology student
Little is known of the initial phase of the sea turtle's life cycle, especially for the critically endangered leatherback. Ocean surface currents play an important role as "conveyer belts" for hatchlings, but these strong swimmers might still be able to influence their trajectories at sea. Join Scripps marine biology student Geoffrey Gearheart as he explains how scientists are determining the dispersal patterns and mechanisms of leatherback hatchlings of west Papua (Indonesia) and how this knowledge may help tailor more adequate conservation measures.
Monday, July 11
Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas
Forest Rohwer, San Diego State University microbial ecologist
Microbes rule the reef. They determine both coral reef health and decline. Exploration of their diverse roles in these ecosystems has become possible only recently with the development of new research methods, such as metagenomics. Join San Diego State University microbial ecologist Forest Rohwer as he builds his case for the role of microbes in the "DDAMnation" of coral reefs. His research expeditions to the remote Line Islands, including trips with Scripps scientists, have provided new insights into the mechanisms by which human activities can influence reef health-how we convert the essential microbial partners of a healthy coral reef ecosystem into coral killers.
Monday, August 8
Subsidies, Aliens and Ecologists: Connectivity at the Edge
Drew Talley, University of San Diego biological oceanographer
While often treated as distinct and independent ecosystems, marine and terrestrial habitats are intimately connected through a number of pathways, both natural and unnatural. Join University of San Diego biological oceanographer and Scripps graduate Drew Talley as he discusses the ways in which these linkages are formed (and broken), and how connectivity across academic, public and government sectors can help us to better understand coastal habitats.
Perspectives lectures are intended for a lay audience. Birch Aquarium admission and parking are included. Light refreshments will be served.
Past lectures air on UCSD-TV and are broadcast to more than 16 million viewers via satellite and cable television. 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 410,000, including 45,000 school children.
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