Arts & Entertainment

From time to time, ocean science runs squarely into art, literature, film, and more. From film previews to book signings, these activities are a relaxed and informative way to experience ocean and nature-inspired art and media.

Past activities include spectacular photographic shows, film previews, book signings and talks from authors, mixed media work as well as presentations. Join us for formal presentations or informal meet-and-greets with artists and authors throughout the year.


 

Special Lecture—Leopard Seals!

Participate in a conversation with a researcher in Antarctica

Sunday, May 5, 2019
1 PM

Daniel Costa, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Sarah Kienle, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz

Found in the Southern Ocean, leopard seals are large apex predators known for their sharp teeth, reptilian appearance, and voracious appetite. As one of Antarctica’s top predators, these seals have significant effects on their prey, which ranges from penguins and other seals to small fish and krill. Living in one of the harshest places on the planet, their survival depends on adapting to a rapidly changing environment.

Join Daniel Costa and Sarah Kienle as they discuss their ongoing leopard seal research. Costa will provide insight about seal biology and ecology, as well as an overview of the research goals. Kienle, who will be in Antarctica, will call in with a live research update and answer questions from the audience.

Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center.

  • Lecture is one hour long and takes 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 12 PM.
  • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

 

Below are examples of past events:

Artwork, photography, or exhibit openings

  • Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom present: “Land of the Jaguars:
    Wild Wetlands of South America”Sunflower Star
  • A Whale of a Recycling Problem Student Art Installation
  • A Perfect Day for an Albatross, Caren Loebel-Fried (illustrated children’s book)
  • Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom present: Into Africa
  • Running the Numbers, Chris Jordan (mixed media, traveling exhibit)
  • Tiny Drifters, Laura Beach (educational and graphic presentation of diatoms)
  • Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom present: Journeys to the Ends of the Earth
  • Sea Otters from Bryant Austin (photography)
  • Radiographs from the California Academy of Science
  • Peregrine Falcons from Glen Nevill (photography)
  • Underwater in Black and White, Art Hazeltine (photography)
  • Whimsical Visions of Undersea Life, Ket Tom-Conway (watercolor paintings)

Film screenings, openings, or sneak previews

Book signings

Other special events and presentations

Please check our calendar for current offerings.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


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