Thursday, February 12, 2009
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Spring Evening Lecture Series
Topics include microbes in Antarctica, global oceanography and deep-sea research
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Dates: March 9, April 13, May 11
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 cosmos to the ocean abyss, join Scripps researchers on their paths to discovery in this acclaimed series.
Monday, March 9
Life in the Extreme: The Rock Bottom of Antarctica's Food Chain
Scripps Oceanography geologist Hubert Staudigel (center) uses a sun compass during a research expedition to Antarctica.
Hubert Staudigel, Scripps research geologist
Recent discoveries from seafloor and other rocks suggest that Earth's crust might be host to vast, unexplored ecosystems of microbes. Join Scripps geologist Hubert Staudigel as he describes his recent research expedition to Antarctica and how he is exploring inhospitable environments for microbes that may provide clues to the early history of life on Earth.
Monday, April 13
Adventures in Oceanography
Dale Stokes, Scripps research oceanographer
Join Scripps research oceanographer Dale Stokes for a global photographic journey of oceanography featuring ships, submarines, underwater habitats and both poles. This presentation includes a decade of dramatic images documenting exotic locations - underwater and topside - and a variety of unusual vessels and research instruments.
Monday, May 11
Gulf of California's Deep-Sea Secrets
Brad Erisman and Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Scripps marine biologists
From mangroves to deep-sea reefs, Scripps marine biologists Brad Erisman and Octavio Aburto-Oropeza will explore the diversity of marine life in the Gulf of California. Learn how humans impact these fragile ecosystems and how marine reserves and habitat monitoring provide scientists with critical information needed to protect and restore these amazing ecosystems. Erisman and Aburto-Oropeza recently returned from scientific expeditions in Mexico that captured unprecedented details about the Gulf of California, including documentations of new species and marine animals never before seen alive.
Brad Erisman from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (left) and Ralph Chaney of iTV aboard DeepSee submersible during 2008 expedition to Gulf of California. Photo courtesy of Octavio Aburto-Oropeza.
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
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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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