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Bruce Perry

Guest Speakers |Oceanograph

Bruce Perry  

Southern California’s Bight and Borderland: Where the Dynamic Ocean Meets Plate Tectonics

In his lecture on February 7, 2012, Bruce Perry covered the evolution of the Continental Borderland and its effects on the current circulation, wave action, and biology of the Southern California Bight (the Southern California coast running from Point Conception to Mexico). Perry holds a BS and MS in geology, teaches oceanography and geology at local community colleges and universities, and has extensive on-the-job training in physical oceanography.

Audio Posted: July 29, 2012 | Running time: 4:11

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Mark Jackson

Guest Speakers |Oceanograph

Mark Jackson  

Atmospheric Rivers, Floods, and Climate Change

In his talk with Jeanine Jones on January 25, 2012, Jackson discussed recent scientific discoveries are revealing new information about atmospheric rivers—the concentrated streams of moisture that originate over the Pacific Ocean and cause major winter floods in California. Jackson is the meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service serving Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Audio Posted: July 28, 2012 | Running time: 4:09

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Jeanine Jones

Environment |Guest Speakers |Oceanograph

Jeanine Jones  

Atmospheric Rivers, Floods, and Climate Change

In her talk with Mark Jackson on January 25, 2012, Jones discussed recent scientific discoveries are revealing new information about atmospheric rivers—the concentrated streams of moisture that originate over the Pacific Ocean and cause major winter floods in California. Jones is the interstate resources manager for the California Department of Water Management.

Audio Posted: July 28, 2012 | Running time: 2:51

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Ellen Prager

Guest Speakers |Marine Biolog

Ellen Prager  

Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans' Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter

Dr. Ellen Prager presented stories and images about the organisms that inhabit the oceans' depths and how they are connected to our food supply, the economy, jobs, and in biomedical research and biotechnology in her lecture on January 19, 2012.

Audio Posted: July 27, 2012 | Running time: 3:06

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Brandon Strathmann

Guest Speakers |Ar

Brandon Strathmann  

Using Animated Films to Make Ocean Issues Come Alive for Kids

The Plastic Perils of the Pacific highlights the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean and how it affects the animals that live there. Dissolving Destinies, a 3D animated film, addresses ocean acidification and follows a crab through a coral reef. Strathmann is an assistant professor of animation at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

Audio Posted: July 26, 2012 | Running time: 4:49

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Ian Mitroff

Guest Speaker

Ian Mitroff  

Swans, Swine, and Swindlers

Crisis management expert Ian Mitroff has co-authored a book with Can Alpaslan addressing what steps we can take to better anticipate and manage crises, such as the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, and 9/11. Swans, Swine, and Swindlers: Coping with the Growing Threat of Mega-Crises and Mega-Messes explores the concept of messes—webs of complex and dynamically interacting problems—and then provides tools and frameworks to deal with the crises of today and tomorrow. Mitroff is a professor at the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management at Alliant University in San Francisco.

Audio Posted: July 26, 2012 | Running time: 3:46

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Wendy Williams

Educational |Guest Speaker

Wendy Williams  

Kraken: Tales of Octopus Smarts and Super Cephalopods

In her presentation on December 1, 2011, Wendy Williams will teased out fact from fiction based on the findings in her new book, Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid. “Kraken” is the traditional name for gigantic sea monsters. The book examines the world’s enthralling cephalopods, including the octopus and the cuttlefish, and explores their otherworldly camouflage and bioluminescent abilities.

Audio Posted: July 25, 2012 | Running time: 4:12

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Henry Pollack

Conservation Issues |Guest Speakers |Climate Chang

Henry Pollack  

The New Face of the Arctic

Henry Pollack spoke at the Aquarium on November 9, 2011 on the topic of warming in the Arctic. He is an emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan, where he served as chairman of the department of geological sciences and associate dean for research in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He is a science advisor to former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Project and a contributing author to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report.

Audio Posted: July 25, 2012 | Running time: 4:44

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