Labside Chats

A Conversation with a Scientist


Thursday, July 2, 2020


Roxanne Beltran, Ph.D.


Submit your questions in advance HERE.

Tune in for the next Labside Chat with Roxanne Beltran, assistant professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 11:00 AM PDT, to learn more about the ecology of marine mammals and the importance of field courses during an undergraduate’s college education.

Join the conversation! Submit your questions in advance for Roxanne, then watch the conversation to hear the answers during the live chat. Help us put together questions such as:

  • How do northern elephant seal pups learn how to dive?
  • Why are seal whiskers important to understanding diet and behavior?
  • How is technology changing to help us better understand animals and their habitat?
  • What happens to a northern elephant seal during the molting season?
  • How do field courses bridge diversity gaps in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)?

We want your questions! Submit your questions in advance HERE.

Virtual Labside Chats are offered at no charge. Please support the Seymour Center by becoming a member or making a donation today. Thank you sincerely.



Upcoming Labside Chats:


Thursday, July 16, 2020, 11:00 AM PDT
Phoebe Lam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, UC Santa Cruz


Thursday, July 30, 2020, 11:00 AM PDT
Mark Carr, Ph.D.
Professor, UC Santa Cruz


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Previous Labside Chats:

Eric Palkovacs, director of the UCSC-NOAA Cooperative Institute and associate professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Thursday, June 25, 2020
11:00 AM PDT


Rita Mehta, associate professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Thursday, June 11, 2020
11:00 AM PDT


Dan Costa, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences Director and distinguished professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Thursday, May 28, 2020
11:00 AM PDT


Peter Macht, aquarium curator at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Thursday, May 7, 2020
11:00 AM PDT

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


July 19, 2020 1:30–2:30 PM
Join us–online!–for Science Sunday, “Stranded: A Window into the Health of Marine Mammal Populations,” with Robin Dunkin, Ph.D. Preregister.

July 2, 2020, 11 AM
Tune in to learn more about the ecology of marine mammals with Roxanne Beltran, Ph.D.

Create ocean-inspired crafts and activities using materials found around the house. Find instructions for our latest activity: Ocean Acidification Experiment.

Explore the intricate beauty of bat stars up close. Learn how they sense their surroundings and why they feel scratchy to the touch. Watch the 4-minute video here!

Enjoy outdoor highlights of the spectacular Coastal Science Campus as you explore the network of trails with this guide to interpretive signs.

Start your own marine science journal today with these cool observation activities with video links. Designed for ages seven and up.


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