Science Sundays

Sunday, January 19, 2020

1:30 – 2:30 PM


Fishing for Conservation Solutions:
Protecting Manta Rays from Our Seafood System


Melissa Cronin, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz


Manta and devil rays are a group of charismatic and biologically fascinating ocean icons. Unfortunately, they also face enormous threats from wildlife trafficking, plastic pollution, and accidental entanglement in fishing gear. A unique collaboration of scientists, fisheries managers, and industrial tuna fisheries is out to document and understand this accidental manta and devil ray “bycatch,” and to develop conservation solutions to save these threatened ocean giants.

Join Melissa Cronin as she discusses her work on these incredible creatures, and explains how consumers can play a role in protecting these iconic species.

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. 

  • Lectures are one hour long and take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
  • Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.Screen shot 2015-02-26 at 11.27.40 AM
  • Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
  • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

Lectures include 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.


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: 1:30 PM
Location: La Feliz Room of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center


Sunday, February 16, 2020

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

For more information, call (831) 459-3800.
Here’s a sampling of past Science Sunday topics:

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


February 14-16, 2020
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