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May 5, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM
Status of White and Pinto Abalone in Southern California

Status of White and Pinto Abalone in Southern California

Overfishing and other impacts have caused white and pinto abalone populations in the Southern California Bight to fall to alarmingly low levels. Melissa Neuman will discuss her work with these abalone populations.

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May 2016

Status of White and Pinto Abalone in Southern California
May 5, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Melissa Neuman

Overfishing and other impacts have caused white and pinto abalone populations in the Southern California Bight to fall to alarmingly low levels. Melissa Neuman will discuss her work with these abalone populations.

Seawater Desalination: Fact vs. Fiction
May 11, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Scott Maloni

Cyclical drought cycles exacerbated by the future impacts of climate change have California looking to the Pacific Ocean for a new, drought-proof drinking water supply. Is seawater desalination a sustainable source of new water for the state’s growing population?

The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel: Findings, Recommendations, and Actions
May 24, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Dr. Stephen Weisberg

Panelist Dr. Stephen Weisberg will discuss the final report summarizing the panel’s major findings, recommendations, and action plan to combat changes to West Coast seawater chemistry.

June 2016

Harmful Algal Blooms: Too Much of a Good Thing
June 14, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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David Caron

Scientists have documented an increase in the number and severity of toxic algal blooms in the ocean in recent decades.

The Sea Otter Survival Story
June 21, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Kim Steinhardt

The relationship between sea otters and humans has been strained nearly to the breaking point during much of the last two centuries. Now, with only 3,000 California sea otters remaining, this threatened species faces new peril.

July 2016

California Caviar: The History of White Sturgeon Aquaculture
July 7, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Joel Von Eenennaam

Today, California’s white sturgeon aquaculture industry produces 10 tons of caviar and 700 tons of meat annually.

Taming Dragons: Unexpected Insights into the Biology, Behavior, and Diversity of Seadragons
July 19, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Josefin Stiller

Meet the scientist who in 2015 discovered the third known species of seadragon, the ruby seadragon, and the methods her team used to study these animals.

Tillandsia Air Plants: Low-Water Plants for the 21st Century
July 26, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Paul Isley

The genus Tillandsia refers to a family of easy-to-maintain plants that can grow without soil.

August 2016

Local Legends: Movement Biology of the Leopard Shark off La Jolla, California
August 9, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Andrew Nosal

Every summer, hundreds of harmless leopard sharks gather in shallow water off La Jolla Shores Beach. Learn about the history of this spot and its leopard sharks.

Into the Black
August 18, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Diver and marine wildlife photographer Mike Bartick will discuss diving at night and photographing nocturnal marine life.

September 2016

A Marine Biologist’s Quest to Keep the Pacific Wild
September 14, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Douglas McCauley

October 2016

Swimming in the Age of Fishes: Art, Imagination, and the Unknowable
October 12, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Gail Wight

Artist Gail Wight will discuss how topics in biology like deep time, species diversity, extinction, and the forces of weather on habitat drive her studio practice.

Journey Through the Everglades
October 18, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Mac Stone

Frequently working in swamps and wetlands of the southeastern U.S., conservation photographer Mac Stone will share images and stories from his book, Everglades: America’s Wetland.

November 2016

Secrets of Seahorses
November 8, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Sandy Trautwein

Learn more about the fascinating lives of seahorses, seadragons, and pipefish.