Join 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
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:
- Sonic Sea: Documentary Film and Presentation
- Wintering Burrowing Owls: Where Do They Come From? Where Do They Go?
- Leatherback Turtles in the California Current: Why Leatherbacks Cross the Pacific
- Spawning, Sliming, and Stinging: The Sex Lives of Sea Urchins, Banana Slugs, and Honey Bees
- No Wetsuit Required: Adventures of a Fish Veterinarian
- Why Can’t I Eat Crab?: Spread of algal toxin through the marine food web
- True Predators: A Real Understanding of White Sharks Off California
- Younger Lagoon Reserve: Past, Present, and Future
- Evolution in the Anthropocene: How Human Activity is changing the Shape of Life
- The Great Tidepool: The Story of Ed Ricketts’ Scientific System
- Whales of Sri Lanka: Conservation through Science and Engagement
- California’s Water: Where Do Salmon Fit In?
- What Lies Ahead? Sustainability in a High C02 Ocean
- The Secret Life of Snowies: Ecology and Conservation of the Snowy Plover
- When Mummies Talk: Using fossils to understand how seals will respond to environmental change
- Elephant Seals: Technology and the Quest to Protect Elusive Marine Mammals on the High Seas
- Whales, Whaling, and “Scientific Whaling” in the International Court of Justice
- Blue Mind: Your Brain on Water
- Sand Wars: A Documentary and Presentation
- The Extreme Life of the Sea
- Shark Conservation: Striving to Save Sharks from Extinction
- Mapping Marine Mammal Health: The Marine Mammal Health Map Project
- Disentangling Whales: Responding to Distressed Whales along the Central Coast
- Go with the Flow: How Seals Sense their fluid Environment
- The Albatrosses of Midway: Ecology and Conservation of Pacific Ocean Wanderers
- Carnivores and the Fabric of Nature: The Effects of Large Predator Loss on Ecosystems Worldwide
- Remember the Titans: Communication and Social Learning among Northern Elephant Seals
- Bald Eagles: Repatriation of an Iconic Bird to the Central Coast
- Sharks in Danger: Impacts of the Global Shark Fin Trade
- got coral? Caribbean Mexico’s Coral Reef Ecosystems
- Elkhorn Slough: Pearls of Wisdom from Elkhorn Slough Oysters
- Underwater, Underground: Exploration of deep sea flow and habitats within the ocean crust
- Beautiful Whales: Photographing “Whale Scale”
- It’s Not Who You Eat, It’s When You Eat Them: The Insidious Relationship Between Salmon and Anchovy
- The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival
- The Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History: Coastal Studies and the Elwha River Restoration Project