Dates: June 13, July 11 & Aug. 8 Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Public: $8 Students/Educators: $5 RSVP: 858-534-5771 The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series features engaging presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from and connected to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Scripps scientists are exploring Earth's mysteries in hundreds of research projects under way on every continent. Learn about science at Scripps and join researchers on their paths to discovery. Monday, June 13 Researchers survey sea turtles. Sea Turtles of Indonesian New Guinea Geoffrey Gearheart, Scripps marine biology student Little is known of the initial phase of the sea turtle's life cycle, especially for the critically endangered leatherback. Ocean surface currents play an important role as "conveyer belts" for hatchlings, but these strong swimmers might still be able to influence their trajectories at sea. Join Scripps marine biology student Geoffrey Gearheart as he explains how scientists are determining the dispersal patterns and mechanisms of leatherback hatchlings of west Papua (Indonesia) and how this knowledge may help tailor more adequate conservation measures. Monday, July 11 Forest Rohwer Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas Forest Rohwer, San Diego State University microbial ecologist Microbes rule the reef. They determine both coral reef health and decline. Exploration of their diverse roles in these ecosystems has become possible only recently with the development of new research methods, such as metagenomics. Join San Diego State University microbial ecologist Forest Rohwer as he builds his case for the role of microbes in the "DDAMnation" of coral reefs. His research expeditions to the remote Line Islands, including trips with Scripps scientists, have provided new insights into the mechanisms by which human activities can influence reef health-how we convert the essential microbial partners of a healthy coral reef ecosystem into coral killers. Monday, August 8 Subsidies, Aliens and Ecologists: Connectivity at the Edge Drew Talley, University of San Diego biological oceanographer While often treated as distinct and independent ecosystems, marine and terrestrial habitats are intimately connected through a number of pathways, both natural and unnatural. Join University of San Diego biological oceanographer and Scripps graduate Drew Talley as he discusses the ways in which these linkages are formed (and broken), and how connectivity across academic, public and government sectors can help us to better understand coastal habitats. 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 the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, Earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 410,000, including 45,000 school children.
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 robotic networks and one of the largest U.S. academic fleets. 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.
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