Science Sundays

Past Science Sunday:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

1:30 – 2:30 PM

The Influence of Antarctic Ice Shelves

Tim Stanton, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
Image of the site at Antarctica before deployment

Come learn about a recent four-year field program to the remote Pine Island Ice Shelf in Western Antarctica. Over the years, scientists drilled a series of 1500-feet-deep holes through the 30-mile-long ice shelf, lowering ocean instruments into the space below. Instruments were then left in place, reporting data about ice melting and ocean mixing rates back to the lab in Monterey by satellite.

Join Tim Stanton as he describes an overview of the massive Antarctic ice sheets, their floating ice shelves, and the processes that control their melting. He will also share insights into potential impacts on global sea level rise.


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.


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


Sunday, November 19, 2017
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

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Ken Norris Memorial Lecture October 24, 2017 6:30-8 PMKEN NORRIS MEMORIAL
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Join us for a lively and informative panel discussion about coho salmon, an iconic local species on the precarious edge of survival.

marine masquerade logoMARINE MASQUERADE
Friday, October 27, 2017

Kids–dress up if you wish, be a seal or a fish–and bring your parents for a night of scavenger hunts, creature crafts, flashlight tours to a whale of a skeleton, costume parade, music, and more.

Be a part of our team! The Seymour Center is looking for qualified, enthusiastic UCSC students—apply today!

As of September 1, 2017, parking permits are required. Seymour Center guests will receive three hours of free parking with paid admission.

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


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