Science Sundays

Sunday, January 17, 2021

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Online Webinar

From Seabird Soundscapes to Student Success:
How We Meet the Needs of 21st-Century Conservation

Abraham Borker, Ph.D.
Program Director, UC Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Conservation in the 21st century needs two major transformations: how it is measured, and who is doing the work. In the first half of the webinar, explore how to tune the ear (and computer algorithms!) to better measure conservation outcomes using the example of seabird populations. Acoustically island-hop around the Pacific and learn how soundscapes can be used to strengthen seabird conservation. Just as advanced tools and technology are needed to improve how conservation efforts are measured, a transformative change in the leadership of conservation is needed to represent the diversity of voices in the United States. In the second half of the webinar, discover how UC Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is cultivating a diverse community of emerging leaders for a just and effective conservation movement.

Join Abe to learn more about seabird soundscapes, conservation outcomes, and how UC Santa Cruz is cultivating transformative change in the conservation movement.

Register in advance* for the online Science Sunday webinar (required):

*Please register at least 30-minutes prior to event start time. Registration closes at 1:00 PM PST on Sunday, January 17, 2021.


Dr. Abraham Borker received his Ph.D. in the UC Santa Cruz Conservation Action Lab studying seabird island soundscapes, and currently is the program director of the UC Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program.

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: Online; webinar preregistration is required.
  • Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Virtual Science Sundays are free for members, and $10 per household for non-members. Please consider supporting the Seymour Center, and gaining free access to programs like Science Sunday, by becoming a member today. Thank you!


Sunday, February 21, 2021

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Online Webinar

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Here’s a sampling of past Science Sunday topics:


January 17, 2021, 1:30 PM
Join us–online! “From Seabird Soundscapes to Student Success: How We Meet the Needs of 21st-Century Conservation.” Preregister.

January 19, 2021, 3:30 PM
Get an up-close and behind-the-scenes look at our NEW California moray eel exhibit and observe a live feeding! Preregister.

Follow the same stops as our in-person hiking tour, and learn about one of California’s rare coastal lagoons.
Take the tour.

January 28, 2021, 11 AM
Discover how natural habitats provide coastal resilience with Michael Beck, Ph.D. Submit your own questions, then watch the live chat, here.


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