Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Dates: Sept. 9, Oct. 14 & Nov. 11
Time: 7-8 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series at Birch Aquarium at Scripps 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.
Lectures are recorded monthly and broadcast through UCSD-TV to more than 5 million homes. Lectures can also be viewed on UCSD-TV’s website as well as UCTV’s system-wide YouTube and iTunes channels. Totaling more than 135 lectures, these presentations have been viewed online more than 10 million times. For more information, visit the UCSD-TV website.
Monday, September 9
Following the Flow of Pollutants: Transport and Mixing in the Surf Zone
Falk Feddersen, Physical Oceanographer
Beach closures resulting from sewage spills and excessive runoff are all too common along the Southern California coast. Scripps physical oceanographer Falk Feddersen has spent much of his career working to understand what happens to pollutants heading into and past the surf zone. Join us to learn how a combination of coastal zone dye release experiments and oceanographic models help us learn more about how sewage is transported and diluted in the ocean.
Monday, October 14
Acidifying the Ocean: Assessing Impacts on Coral Reefs
Andreas Andersson, Ocean Chemist
Ocean acidification, the well-documented increase in ocean acidity resulting from increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide, poses threats to ocean ecosystems that are not yet fully understood. Join ocean chemist Andreas Andersson as he explains the basics of ocean acidification and how his research is allowing him to monitor the function and health of coral reef systems as the ocean changes in response to the burning of fossil fuels.
Monday, November 11
Exploring the Rock Bottom of the Food Web beneath Antarctic Ice
Hubert Staudigel, Geochemist
Ice caves on Antarctica’s Mt. Erebus volcano, frozen lakes in the dry valleys, and the ice covered McMurdo Sound offer diverse and extremely cold environments in which highly adapted microbial communities use chemical energy from rocks and volcanic gases to build new organic compounds. Join Hubert Staudigel as he presents initial laboratory results and stunning images from his 2012/13 field expedition, including SCUBA diving under the ice and alpine exploration of ice caves.
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 western Pacific. 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 430,000, including 40,000 school children.
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. 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 on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About UC San Diego
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