Monday, August 6, 2012
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Fall Evening Lecture Series
Topics include gray whales and summer swells
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Dates: Sept. 10, Oct. 8 & Nov. 12
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
RSVP: 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 Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Scripps scientists are exploring Earth's mysteries through hundreds of research projects under way on every continent and in every ocean. Learn about science at Scripps and join researchers on their paths to discovery.
Monday, Sept. 10
Whales in a Changing Environment
New information indicates climate change affects these ocean giants.
Wayne Perryman & Dave Weller, NOAA
The North Pacific gray whale has been called an "ecosystem sentinel" because it responds to large-scale environmental changes. Global climate change may ultimately make the biggest impact on these ocean giants. Join us as special guests Wayne Perryman and Dave Weller of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) discuss how novel information on gray whales is reshaping scientists' understanding of this species.
Monday, Oct. 8
Where the Swell Begins
Walter Munk, Scripps professor emeritus of geophysics
California surfers enjoy a swell all the way from the Southern Hemisphere.
Every summer the California surfing community enjoys the arrival of a long regular swell from the southwest. The origin of the swell is in the winter storms of the Southern Hemisphere, some in the Indian Ocean, half way around the earth. Join internationally renowned Scripps professor Walter Munk to learn how World War II and measurements of Guadalupe Island led to this discovery and what it means for surfers today.
Monday, Nov. 12
Ocean Acidification: Can Corals Cope?
Martin Tresguerres, Scripps marine biologist
Climate warming due to increased carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is only part of the "CO2 problem" affecting life on the planet. In fact, much of the CO2 emitted from burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the ocean, causing ocean acidification, a chemical phenomenon threatening marine life. Join Scripps marine biologist Martin Tresguerres as he describes research into the potential impact of ocean acidification on corals and the mechanisms these amazing marine animals use to try coping with the problem.
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 beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science and features five dozen interactive elements. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 436,000, including 40,000 school children.
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