Date: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
RSVP: 858-534-5771 or online.
There are reasons to be hopeful when it comes to the future of the ocean, despite prevailing concerns of doom and gloom.
Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and get inspired by special guest Nancy Knowlton, founding director of the Scripps Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and current Sant Chair of Marine Science at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
Knowlton is a winner of the Peter Benchley Award and the Heinz Award for her work in marine science and conservation. Her recent book, Citizens of the Sea, celebrates the Census of Marine Life, a decade-long effort to catalog and estimate the total diversity of life in the vast global ocean. More than 6,000 potentially new species were discovered in the recently completed census, which involved the work of more than 2,700 scientists from 80 nations.
A booksigning will follow the lecture. The book is currently on sale in the aquarium Gift Shop.
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 and features nearly five-dozen interactive elements. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 405,000, including 40,000 school children.
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Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.
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.
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