Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Dates: Dec. 9, Jan. 13 & Feb. 10
Time: 7-8 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
RSVP: 858-534-5771 or online.
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, 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, December 9
Grouper Moon: Saving One of the Last Great Populations of an Endangered Caribbean Reef Fish
Brice Semmens, Marine Ecologist
Historically, Nassau grouper were considered one of the most important shallow water fisheries in the Caribbean, yet today they are rarely caught. Why has the species declined so precipitously, and what can be done to reverse the trend? Join Brice Semmens as he presents findings from the Grouper Moon project, a long-term research program in the Cayman Islands focused on the conservation of one of the last great populations of this endangered Caribbean icon.
Monday, January 13
Listening in the Deep: Using Sound to Study Animals We Cannot See
Simone Baumann-Pickering, Marine Biologist
Marine animals, like the elusive beaked whale, are notoriously difficult to study as they are rarely seen. Fortunately, scientists can hear them! These animals use echolocation to forage and those sounds can be recorded in even the most remote and inaccessible areas of the ocean. Join Simone Baumann-Pickering as she details how patterns of echolocation are allowing scientists to document the natural acoustic behavior of a species and determine if those natural patterns are being disturbed by man-made noise.
Monday, February 10
Can You Hear Me Now? Animals Coping with an Increasingly Noisy Ocean
Ana Sirovic, Marine Bioacoustician
Many marine animals produce a variety of audible as well as infra- and ultra-sonic sounds for navigating, finding food, mating, and many other vital behaviors. With human use of the world’s oceans on the rise, background noise levels in the marine realm are increasing. Join Ana Sirovic as she discusses how ocean noise varies across the Pacific Ocean and what this may mean for whales, fishes, and other animals that rely on sounds for their survival.
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.