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 19, 2015
Whales of Sri Lanka
Conservation through Science and Engagement
Asha de Vos, Ph.D.
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:
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:
- 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