Science Sundays

Screen shot 2015-02-26 at 11.27.40 AMJoin us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.

  • Lectures take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1 PM.
  • Doors open to the lecture hall at 12:30 PM.
  • Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at noon.
  • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

Lectures are one hour long, including time for a few questions at the end. Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Free ADMISSION for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz Undergraduates with valid Student ID.

Sunday, July 17, 2016, 1-2 PM

Serendipity: An Ecologist’s Quest to Understand Nature

James Estes, Ph. D.
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

A simple twist of fate brought researcher James Estes to the Aleutian Islands to study sea otters in 1970.  While there, he found that sea otters are a “keystone species” and that their presence is vital to a healthy kelp forest ecosystem. The presence of sea otters controls the urchin populations, which left unchecked can decimate a kelp forest.

Serendipity tells the story of Estes’s life as a naturalist and his interest in exploring the role of top-level predators. Part memoir, and part natural history, Serendipity raises thoughtful questions about our relationship with the natural world.

Join Estes as he discusses his new book and describes the serendipitous events that drove his career and research findings.

Book signing immediately following the lecture. Limited supplies of Serendipity are available in our Ocean Discovery Shop.

Science Sunday lectures are designed to make science interesting and “user-friendly” for EVERYONE.
Science Sunday is free with membership or admission. UCSC undergrads free with valid student ID.
Dates: Held on the third Sunday of every month (except December)
Time: 1 PM
Location: La Feliz room of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center

For more information, call (831) 459-3800.
Here’s a sampling of past Science Sunday topics:

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