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May Science Sunday—Coming Home: Decoding the Mysteries of Migration in Salmon and Trout

May 15, 2022
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join us for a special Salmon Week hybrid Science Sunday lecture!

Coming Home:
Decoding the Mysteries of Migration in Salmon and Trout

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Lecture: 1:30 – 2:30 PM PDT
Meet-the-scientist reception: 2:30 – 3 PM PDT*

*reception available only for in-person attendees 

John Carlos Garza, Ph.D.
Supervisory Research Geneticist, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
Adjunct Professor, Ocean Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

Salmon migrate from their birth streams to the open ocean, where they spend several years feeding and growing before they return to those same streams to breed and then die. These iconic migrations are paramount in salmon biology, and their predictability has shaped ecosystems and human societies throughout the northern hemisphere.


Join Carlos to learn how the techniques of modern, western science, particularly genetics, are starting to unravel the mysteries of how salmon undertake these amazing migrations. See how novel research from the cooperative research group in Santa Cruz, and others, allow scientists to understand the mechanisms that are responsible for the huge variety of migration strategies found within salmon that, in spite of their differences, all lead back home.


Join us in person

In-person Science Sunday is included with admission to the Seymour Center. Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, only 60 in-person lecture passes are available. Passes are first-come, first-served. No advanced reservations.

  • Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
  • Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
  • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating. No advanced reservations.

Join us after the lecture for a small reception with non-alcoholic beverages and small nibbles. You’ll have the chance to meet Dr. Garza and ask him all of your fishy questions!*

*Reception is available only for in-person attendees.

Join us virtually

Online webinar is FREE with a suggested donation or membership

Register here for online webinar


About Science Sunday

Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them. 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.


  • Time: 1:30 PM; lectures are one hour long and include time for a few questions at the end.
  • Location: Hybrid; join us in person or virtually.
  • Recommended for ages 10 and older.