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 19, 2015

Whales of Sri Lanka
Conservation through Science and Engagement


Asha de Vos, Ph.D.
Marine Biologist
TED Senior Fellow
Postdoctoral Scholar, UCSC

The blue whales found in Sri Lankan waters have been described by researcher Asha de Vos as “unorthodox” since they break their species stereotypes. Prior research suggested that blue whales the world over fed at the poles and then undertook long-range migrations to breed and calve. We now know that the blue whales of Sri Lanka remain in the warm tropical waters of the Northern Indian Ocean year-round.

Captivated by this unique whale behavior, de Vos has spent a decade getting to know them. Her current mission is to save them.

The waters off the Sri Lankan coast have some of world’s busiest shipping lanes with whale deaths due to ship strikes well documented and increasing. Working with a team at UC Santa Cruz, de Vos is collecting data on whale deaths and developing mathematical models that calculate how the risk of ship strikes can be reduced.

Join de Vos as she describes this effort and highlights the importance of coupling science and civic engagement for the long-term protection of this unique population.

Science Sunday is sponsored by:

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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.

Browse our calendar for upcoming Science Sunday topics.
Here’s a sampling of past Science Sunday topics:

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM
Open Mondays, July and August
Holiday Closure, July 3-4

Science Sundays

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July 5-12
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July 19
Whales of Sri Lanka

Discover the unorthodox blue whales of Sri Lanka and Asha de Vos’ efforts to save them.

30-minute guided tours offer insights into one of the longest wooden piers in the United States. Every Saturday and Sunday during the summer, at 1 and 3 PM. Tours led by Seymour Center docents.

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