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, May 15, 2016
Lynne Trulio, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Environmental Studies
San Jose State University
Native to California, the burrowing owl is not a typical owl—it doesn’t build its nest in trees, and it isn’t nocturnal. These owls make their nests in old rodent burrows. Once common throughout California, the population has made a steep decline due to habitat loss. (They are fond of open areas with short grass or bare soil.) Although well-studied, most of the research has been focused on breeding birds in the spring and summer.
Join Lynne Trulio as she discusses what burrowing owls are up to in the winter and why this information is important for the the future of burrowing owls in California—and here locally along the Santa Cruz coast.
Sunday, June 19, 2016, 1-2:30 PM
A Special 90-minute Father’s Day Science Sunday
Brandon Southall, Ph.D.
President and Senior Scientist, Southall Environmental Associates (SEA) Inc., and former Director of NOAA’s Ocean Acoustics Program
Sound is essential for the survival of marine species. However, the addition of man-made sound is threatening many species. Sonic Sea is a film about the impacts of industrial and military noise on whales and other marine life. Human activity has transformed the oceanʼs delicate acoustic habitat, challenging the ability of whales and other marine life to prosper, and ultimately to survive. Sonic Sea offers solutions and hope for a quieter ocean, and underscores that the oceanʼs destiny is inextricably bound with our own.
Join Brandon Southall as he discusses his research on the effects of noise pollution and sonar signals on marine mammal behavior, and the ongoing efforts to decrease the noise of some of the largest commercial ships in the oceans.
The film was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs. Sonic Sea was directed and produced by Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld, written by Mark Monroe (The Cove, Racing Extinction), and scored by the Grammy-winning composer Heitor Pereira (Minions, Itʼs Complicated).
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:
- 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