Sunday, July 19, 2020
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Online Webinar: PREREGISTER HERE
Stranded: A Window into the Health of Marine Mammal Populations
Robin Dunkin, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, UC Santa Cruz
What can we learn about marine mammal populations, as well as ocean and human health, by responding to stranded marine mammals on our shores? Explore what happens to a marine mammal carcass after it is taken off of the beach and undergoes a marine mammal necropsy (animal autopsy). What is it like to put an entire arm through the aorta of a large whale? What samples are analyzed to understand how an animal died? Why might bottlenose dolphins need a lawyer?
Please join Robin Dunkin to learn how marine mammal strandings are helping scientists to better understand the complex interactions between the health of oceans and humans, and how the data collected by marine mammal stranding networks is used to protect marine mammal populations.
Register in advance for the online Science Sunday webinar (required) HERE.
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.
FUTURE SCIENCE SUNDAY:
Sunday, August 16, 2020
1:30 – 2:30 PM
For more information, call (831) 459-3800.
Here’s a sampling of past Science Sunday topics:
- The Ecology of Leopard Seals: Working in Antarctica
- Sea Level Rise, Extreme Water Levels, and Coastal Erosion: How Bad Could It Be?
- I Spy from the Sky: Drones Give a New Perspective for Marine Mammal Science
- Fishing For Conservation Solutions: Protecting Manta Rays from Our Seafood System
- Floating on the Edge: Physiology, Ecology, and Recovery of Southern Sea Otters
- Tales from the Intertidal: Living Where Ocean Meets Land
- Kelp Forest Resiliency: Life after Sea Urchin Grazing
- A New Age of Dinoflagellates: Using AI and Robots to Study Harmful Algal Blooms
- Nest Watchers: Citizen Scientists Reveal New Information about Peregrine Falcons
- Cephalopods Are the New Dinosaurs: A Squid’s-Eye View of the History of Life
- What We Gain From Restoring What Was Lost: Eelgrass Restoration Success in Elkhorn Slough
- Sea Star Wasting Syndrome: An Unfolding Story
- Sea Otter Palm Reading: Measuring Sense of Touch
- Polar Bears and Climate Change: Living on Sea Ice in a Warming World
- Turning off the Tap on California’s Trash: Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Removal
- Mysteries of Davidson Seamount and Sur Ridge Revealed: Exploring ancient, deep-sea coral communities
- The Secret Lives of California Great White Sharks: Modern tracking technologies reveal deep mysteries about one of Earth’s most ancient and successful predators
- People in a Changing Sea: Achieving Resilient Coastal Fisheries in an Era of Global Change
- Can you hear me now? A World of Sound in Monterey Bay
- California Salmon Day: A Celebration of Salmon Science, Art, and Seafood
- Our Ocean’s Edge: At the Intersection of Art and Conservation
- Masters of Concealment: Cougar Ecology in America’s First National Park
- Carbon in California’s Abyss: As told by sea pigs, time lapse, and a record-breaking rover
- Cephalopods are the New Dinosaures: A Squid’s-Eye View of the History of Life
- A Seal Named Patches: What Weddell Seals Taught Us about Life at the Bottom of the World
- Emperors of the Ice: Ecology and Physiology of an Iconic Antarctic Predator, the Emperor Penguin
- The Bait and Switch: A Discussion of Seafood Fraud in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz
- The Ultimate Mouthful: How the Largest Baleen Whales Feed
- Kelp Forest Ecosystems: Changes, Causes, and Consequences
- Saving Species with Science: Lead Poisoning of Wildlife—from Albatrosses on Midway Atoll to Condors in California
- Hofagie Laamle: Tradition, Culture, Science, and Marine Conservation
- Island Conservation: Preventing Extinctions by Removing Invasive Species from Islands
- To the Top of the World: Measuring Toxic Mercury in the Arctic Ocean
- What the Ocean Taught Me About Art: Talk and art demonstration featuring The Giant Ocean Coloring Book
- Linking Stormwater Collection to Managed Aquifer Recharge: Mapping, Modeling, Measurement, and Monetization
- Economics and the Oceans: Why it matters more than it should
- What Glows Below: Diversity and Bio-optics of Monterey Bay Animals
- Serendipity: An Ecologist’s Quest to Understand Nature
- Sonic Sea: Documentary Film and Presentation
- Wintering Burrowing Owls: Where Do They Come From? Where Do They Go?
- Leatherback Turtles in the California Current: Why Leatherbacks Cross the Pacific
- Spawning, Sliming, and Stinging: The Sex Lives of Sea Urchins, Banana Slugs, and Honey Bees
- No Wetsuit Required: Adventures of a Fish Veterinarian
- Why Can’t I Eat Crab?: Spread of algal toxin through the marine food web
- True Predators: A Real Understanding of White Sharks Off California
- Younger Lagoon Reserve: Past, Present, and Future
- Evolution in the Anthropocene: How Human Activity is changing the Shape of Life
- The Great Tidepool: The Story of Ed Ricketts’ Scientific System
- Whales of Sri Lanka: Conservation through Science and Engagement
- California’s Water: Where Do Salmon Fit In?
- What Lies Ahead? Sustainability in a High C02 Ocean
- The Secret Life of Snowies: Ecology and Conservation of the Snowy Plover
- When Mummies Talk: Using fossils to understand how seals will respond to environmental change
- Elephant Seals: Technology and the Quest to Protect Elusive Marine Mammals on the High Seas
- Whales, Whaling, and “Scientific Whaling” in the International Court of Justice
- Blue Mind: Your Brain on Water
- Sand Wars: A Documentary and Presentation
- The Extreme Life of the Sea
- Shark Conservation: Striving to Save Sharks from Extinction
- Mapping Marine Mammal Health: The Marine Mammal Health Map Project
- Disentangling Whales: Responding to Distressed Whales along the Central Coast
- Go with the Flow: How Seals Sense their fluid Environment
- The Albatrosses of Midway: Ecology and Conservation of Pacific Ocean Wanderers
- Carnivores and the Fabric of Nature: The Effects of Large Predator Loss on Ecosystems Worldwide
- Remember the Titans: Communication and Social Learning among Northern Elephant Seals
- Bald Eagles: Repatriation of an Iconic Bird to the Central Coast
- Sharks in Danger: Impacts of the Global Shark Fin Trade
- got coral? Caribbean Mexico’s Coral Reef Ecosystems
- Elkhorn Slough: Pearls of Wisdom from Elkhorn Slough Oysters
- Underwater, Underground: Exploration of deep sea flow and habitats within the ocean crust
- Beautiful Whales: Photographing “Whale Scale”
- It’s Not Who You Eat, It’s When You Eat Them: The Insidious Relationship Between Salmon and Anchovy
- The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival
- The Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History: Coastal Studies and the Elwha River Restoration Project