Thursday, November 10, 2011
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Winter Evening Lecture Series
Topics include deep-ocean diversity, marine protected areas and more
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoDates: Dec. 12, Jan. 9 & Feb. 13
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
RSVP requested: 858-534-5771 or online.
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 underway on every continent. Learn about science at Scripps and join researchers on their paths to discovery.
Monday, Dec. 12
Marine tube worms are part of the bizarre deep-sea communities studied by Levin. Image: NOAA/NIWA
A New Imperative for Deep-Ocean Stewardship
Lisa A. Levin, biological oceanographer
The deep continental margins were once perceived as monotonous mud slopes of limited ecological or environmental concern. Technological advances now reveal unexpected diversity, with a mosaic of lush habitats and ecosystems that support varied and unusual species fundamental to the health of the ocean and our own lives. Join Scripps biological oceanographer Lisa Levin as she reveals how changes in ocean temperature and chemistry, as well as growing economic opportunities, are placing new pressures on deep-ocean ecosystems, just as we are getting to know them.
Monday, Jan. 9
Marine Protected Areas: A Success Story
Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, postdoctoral researcher
Once depleted by fishing, Cabo Pulmo now boasts a healthy mix of wildlife. Image: Octavio Aburto-Oropeza/iLCP
A broad network of regional marine reserves went into effect last fall amid criticism that such areas do not produce a significant amount of marine life. Results from a decade-long study led by Scripps researchers show the opposite - that no-take areas can restore marine ecosystems even better than previously thought. Join lead researcher Octavio Aburto Oropeza as he showcases the success of the Cabo Pulmo National Park, a thriving undersea reserve near the southern tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula, which has experienced a dramatic 460 percent increase in its fish population since 1999. Discover why Cabo Pulmo is such a success and how conservationists can apply these lessons learned to Southern California's new marine reserves.
Monday, Feb. 13
Fish & Chips: Using High-Tech Tools to Learn More About Fish
Heidi Dewar, NOAA marine biologist
Technological advancements over the last decade mean that many fish are now swimming around with their own personal computers. These new tools allow researchers to track movements and behaviors in more complex ways without ever getting wet. Join Heidi Dewar , a marine biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Southwest Fisheries Center, to learn about the intriguing discoveries researchers have made and how these high-tech efforts have advanced ocean management and conservation.
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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