Dates: Dec. 10, Jan. 14 & Feb. 11
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
RSVP: 858-534-5771 or on our Perspectives lecture page.
At Birch Aquarium's Perspectives lecture in December, learn about machines designed to reach Earth's deepest points, such as this submersible that Scripps scientists constructed to reach the Mariana Trench.
The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series 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. Learn about science at Scripps and join researchers on their paths to discovery.
Monday, Dec. 10
Exploring Beyond the Abyss: The Deepsea Challenge Expedition
Doug Bartlett, marine microbiologist
In spring 2012, the the Deepsea Challenge Expedition with film director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron conducted submersible operations in the deepest point on Earth, the Mariana Trench. Join Scripps scientist Doug Bartlett, a leading expert in microbial life in the planet's most remote and extreme places, as he describes what it was like to serve as chief scientist on this headlining expedition. Find out how Bartlett's research is providing greater insight into how organisms thrive in such extreme depths of the ocean.
Monday, Jan. 14
New Insights into the Early History of Earth and the Moon
James Day, geochemist
Fresh examinations of lunar rocks gathered by Apollo mission astronauts have yielded new insights into the moon's chemical makeup, as well as clues about how giant impacts may have shaped the early Earth and moon. Join Scripps geochemist James Day to learn how advances in technology are allowing researchers to probe chemical signatures in moon rocks more thoroughly, offering exciting new information about how planets may have formed and evolved.
Discover what genetics can tell us about gray whales during Birch Aquarium's Perspectives Lecture series.
Monday, Feb. 11
Genetics and Gray Whale Behavior
Aimee Lang, Southwest Fisheries Science Center marine biologist
Understanding whale behavior in the wild is challenging, particularly because these animals spend so much of their time underwater. Join Southwest Fisheries Science Center researcher and Scripps graduate Aimee Lang as she describes how she and her colleagues are using genetic analyses of gray whales to gain valuable insight into their behavior, migratory patterns and distribution across the Pacific—information critical for managing the gray whale population in the North Pacific.
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.
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 beyond. 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 436,000, 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.
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