Sunday, February 17, 2019
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Sarah McKay Strobel, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz
Sea otters are in a race against time. To survive, they hunt for clams, crabs, urchins, snails, mussels, and abalone down to 100 feet deep. Otters must work quickly since they can hold their breath for only 1-3 minutes per dive, and their prey are often found in rocky crevices or under heavy sand. How do sea otters find enough food to survive each day? Which senses are used to locate food? How are decisions made about what to eat and what to ignore? Scientists have discovered that sea otters are fast decision makers—with the help of their ultra-sensitive paws and whiskers.
Join Sarah McKay Strobel to explore why the sense of touch may be useful to a hungry sea otter, as well as how researchers work cooperatively with animals to learn how they perceive the world.
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 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.
- 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 2018)
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: La Feliz room of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
FUTURE SCIENCE SUNDAY:
Sunday, March 17, 2019
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:
- 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