Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego
Dates: March 10, April 14 & May 13
Time: 7-8 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Aquarium Members: Free
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 five 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, March 10
Rift! Geologic Clues to What’s Tearing Africa Apart
David Hilton, geochemist
East Africa is one of the most geologically intriguing places on the planet – a place where the African continent is literally ripping apart. Deep rift valleys, active volcanoes, and hot springs are dramatic evidence for the powerful forces deep within the earth that are slowly reshaping the continent. Join geochemist David Hilton as he takes us on an adventure to the East African Rift Valley and describes how he and his colleagues utilize geologic samples to understand this dynamic region of our planet.
Monday, April 14
Stories in the Ice: What Can Past Climate Tell Us about Our Future?
Jeffrey Severinghaus, paleoclimatologist
Drilling down thousands of meters into the ancient ice preserved on Earth’s massive continental ice sheets, scientists can extract a wealth of information about our climate history—including periods both much colder and considerably warmer than today. Ice, dust, and tiny gas bubbles in Greenland and Antarctic ice provide myriad clues into the complex workings of Earth’s climate system. Join Jeff Severinghaus as he describes how he delves into Earth’s climate past to gain insight into our climate future.
Tuesday, May 13
Charles David Keeling Annual Lecture
David Victor, UC San Diego Climate Leader
Please join us for the fifth annual Keeling Lecture, in memory of distinguished Scripps Professor Charles David Keeling's life and invaluable contributions to climate science and Scripps. This year, we are honored to host UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies Professor David Victor. Victor, an internationally recognized leader in research on energy and climate change policy, is director of the school’s new Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, and author of numerous books including his most recent, Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet.
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.