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, May 15, 2016

Wintering Burrowing Owls

Where Do They Come From? Where Do They Go?

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 

Sonic Sea: Documentary Film and Presentation

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:

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


May 4-19, 2016

Our annual online auction is NOW OPEN. Register now to be entered to win a $100 Whole Foods gift card!

Sunday, May 8
Visit the Seymour Center and create a special ocean-themed Mother’s Day gift to give her. Every mom will receive a flower compliments of Mission Inn.

California Burrowing Owls
Sunday, May 15

Join Professor Lynne Trulio as she discusses the wintering habitats of the burrowing owl.

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