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Charles Moore

Guest Speakers | Conservation | Oceanography

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Plastic Ocean: How Bad Is It?

In 1997 Captain Charles Moore discovered plastic in the ocean in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Dubbed the Great North Pacific Garbage Patch, this estimated three million tons of plastic debris is still growing in the Northeast Pacific between Hawaii and the West Coast. He spoke at the Aquarium on March 6, 2012.

Video Posted: August 1, 2012 | Running time: 3:55

J.J. L’Heureux

Guest Speakers | Art | Marine Biology

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Penguins: A Photographic Expedition to Antarctica

Painter, photographer, and naturalist J.J. L'Heureux shared her photographs and stories from her eleven years of annual expeditions to Antarctica during her lecture on March 20, 2012.

Video Posted: August 1, 2012 | Running time: 3:21

Dr. Michael Mann

Guest Speakers | Conservation

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The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines

In his lecture on February 15, 2012, Michael Mann discussed the “Hockey Stick,” a graph he created with his colleagues to depict changes in Earth’s temperature dating back to 1000 AD. Dr. Mann is a member of the Penn State University faculty, holding joint positions in the departments of meteorology and geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute.

Video Posted: July 30, 2012 | Running time: 4:19

Dirk Rosen

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Deepwater Exploration of South Coast Marine Protected Areas

In his lecture on April 24, 2012, Dirk Rosen described a typical cruise day and shared film clips showing the launch of a remotely operated vehicle and footage from MPA sites. Rosen is the founder and president of Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE). He has more than twenty-five years of design, build, and operations experience with remotely operated vehicles and manned submersibles.

Video Posted: July 30, 2012 | Running time: 3:08

Bruce Perry

Guest Speakers | Oceanography

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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.

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

Mark Jackson

Guest Speakers | Oceanography

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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.

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

Jeanine Jones

Environment | Guest Speakers | Oceanography

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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.

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

Ellen Prager

Guest Speakers | Marine Biology

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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.

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

Brandon Strathmann

Guest Speakers | Art

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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.

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

Ian Mitroff

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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.

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

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