Science Sundays

Sunday, March 17, 2019

1:30 – 2:30 PM


Sea Star Wasting Syndrome:
An Unfolding Story


Monica Moritsch, Ph.D.
Marine Ecologist, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions


Sea star wasting syndrome has taken a heavy toll on Monterey Bay’s sea star populations in the last five years. Among the hardest hit species were the ochre stars, iconic tidepool residents and important keystone predators. Researchers are searching for potential culprits, documenting the spread of this disease, and tracking sea star recovery along the Pacific Coast. Scientists are also monitoring tidepools for changes related to the ochre stars’ absence.

Join Monica Moritsch to learn about the unfolding research surrounding this disease and how sea star wasting syndrome affects Monterey Bay.

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.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 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


Sunday, May 19, 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:

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


April 23–28, 2019
Come to the Seymour Center by alternative transportation—bicycle, on foot, or public transportation—and enjoy free admission.

MAY 1–9, 2019
Look! Bid! Win! We’re celebrating our 34th auction with exciting items, unique adventures, and priceless experiences. Register now to start bidding on May 1!

MAY 5, 2019, 1 PM
Participate in a conversation with a researcher in Antarctica! Daniel Costa and Sarah Kienle will discuss their leopard seal research.

Apply by May 5, 2019
Make a difference for the ocean and join our team of exhibit guide volunteers. Apply today!

Now through June 2019
Bring your own bag when you shop at New Leaf’s westside Santa Cruz location and receive an Envirotoken worth 10-cents that you can donate to the Seymour Center.


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