Science Sundays

Sunday, August 18, 2019

1:30 – 2:30 PM

 

A New Age of Dinoflagellates:
Using AI and Robots to Study Harmful Algal Blooms

 

Alexis Fischer, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz

Monterey Bay is subject to intense blooms of dinoflagellates, a type of algae that can sometimes produce harmful toxins. Between 2004 and 2007, these blooms were so dominant that it was known as the “age of dinoflagellates.” Throughout 2018 and 2019, after a decade of absence, an abundance of dinoflagellates was detected by an autonomous robot at the Santa Cruz Wharf.

Join Alexis Fischer to learn about what causes harmful algal blooms, and see how new technologies are informing decision-making for seafood safety.


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.

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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 December 2018)
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: La Feliz room of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
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FUTURE SCIENCE SUNDAY:

Sunday, September 15, 2019

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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

SCIENCE SUNDAY
August 18, 2019
1:30–2:30 PM
Join us for our upcoming Science Sunday, “A New Age of Dinoflagellates: Using AI and Robots to Study Harmful Algal Blooms.”

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