Science Sundays

Next Science Sunday:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

1:30 – 2:30 PM

EMPERORS OF THE ICE:
Ecology and Physiology of an Iconic Antarctic Predator, the Emperor Penguin

Gitte McDonald, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Emperor Penguin Headshot

Emperor penguins are the largest species of marine bird. Perhaps because of their size, they are able to fast longer, dive deeper, and endure harsher conditions than any other bird. As one of Antarctica’s top predators, they have a significant top-down effect on their prey. Their survival and reproduction depends on a functioning and healthy food web.

Join Gitte McDonald as she talks about studying emperor penguins during her research expeditions to the Ross Sea. She will share the basics of penguin biology and ecology, then talk about current research into their behaviors and adaptations that allow them to thrive in the Antarctic ecosystem.

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

  • Lectures 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 are one hour long, including 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.

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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 April and December in 2017)
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: La Feliz room of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
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FUTURE SCIENCE SUNDAY:

GLOBAL SEA LEVEL RISE:
The Influence of Antarctic Ice Shelves

Tim Stanton, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

Sunday, October 15
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

For more information, call (831) 459-3800.
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Spotlight!

PARKING CHANGES
Beginning September 1, 2017, parking permits will be required. Seymour Center guests will receive three hours of free parking with paid admission.

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IN SEPTEMBER
Santa Cruz County locals can visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for free any Thursday this September!

ATTENTION TEACHERS
Start planning your class field trip to the Seymour Center. Field trip information and applications for the 2017-18 school year are available now.

SEA OTTER
AWARENESS WEEK
September 23 - October 1, 2017
Join us for this annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem.

Kids participate in the underwater robotics workshopUNDERWATER ROBOTICS
WORKSHOP
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Learn how to build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in this fun workshop!

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