The Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla just announced a lecture series slated for 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m on June 9 and July 11 .
The June lecture features riveting presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Scripps scientists are exploring Earth’s mysteries in hundreds of research projects under way on every continent.
The other topic for the June lecture will be focused on 135 years of global ocean warming. Scripps physical oceanographer and study co-author Dean Roemmich will discuss how warm the oceans are getting, where all the heat is going and how this knowledge will help scientists better understand Earth’s climate.
Attendees will learn how scientists measured ocean temps during the historic voyage of the HMS Challenger in the late 1800’s and how today’s robotic ocean probes are changing the way scientists study the seas.
La Jolla Shores leopard sharks will be the topic of the July lecture. Summertime in San Diego means the return of leopard sharks to La Jolla waters. Contrary to popular belief, these sharks – 97 percent of which are females – are not giving birth or mating during their stay. Andy Nosal, a Scripps Ph.D student who studies local leopard sharks will be discussing what gadgets he uses to track the sharks.
Also learn what makes La Jolla a favorite hangout of the sharks and why this shark population is particularly vulnerable and how the local no-take marine reserve protects it.
These lectures are intended for a lay audience.
Admission is $8 for the public and $5 for students and educators. RSVP by calling 858-534-5771 or online at aquarium.ucsd.edu. Birch Aquarium admission and parking are included. Light refreshments will be served.
Past lectures air on UCSD-TV and are broadcast to more than 16 million viewers via satellite and cable television. Lectures also can be found on YouTube. For more information, visit: http://ucsd.tv/oceanscience.
*Contributed by Birch Aquarium at Scripps