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.
March 15, 2015
MAKING MUMMIES TALK
Using fossils to understand how seals will respond to environmental change
Paul Koch Ph.D.
Dean, Physical and Biological Sciences
Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences
UC Santa Cruz
Mummies are an especially rich source of information. Beyond just letting us know who lived where in the past, they provide information on population size, body condition, reproductive traits, and feeding preferences as revealed by studies of anatomy,ancient DNA, and forensic chemistry.
The frigid, dry climates of Antarctica are especially conducive to natural mummification of animals. Large numbers of seals have wandered into the Dry Valleys of Antarctica where they perished and now dot the landscape as mummies that can be sampled for studies of past ecology.
Koch will discuss his work on mummies to understand the ecology of the seals that lived in the Ross Sea of Antarctica over the past 8,000 years, and how insights gained from study of mummies might be important for conversation of the species in the future.
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:
- 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