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.
Distinguished Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Director, Institute of Marine Sciences
University of California, Santa Cruz
Griggs will introduce the topic of sand, demands for its use, and human impacts on the sand supply system in California and Monterey Bay. The movie, Sand Wars is a surprising and disturbing investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet. Due to the high demand for sand, the planet’s resources are being consumed at an increasing rate. Three-quarters of the world’s beaches are in decline and are threatened with disappearance as victims of dams and reservoirs, erosion, or sand mining or smuggling. Triggered by construction, smuggling bands or “sand mafias” plunder beaches and rivers across the globe for this highly-prized commodity. Although sand is seen as an abundant and free material, a necessary part of our beach vacations, is the supply unlimited? Sand Wars takes us around the world to witness this gold rush firsthand.
Sand Wars Movie Trailer
Free ADMISSION for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz Undergraduates with valid Student ID.
Science Sunday is sponsored by:
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:
- 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