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Wendy Williams

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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.

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

Henry Pollack

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Climate Change

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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.

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

Julie Skoglund

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Conservation

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Gulf Oil Spill 2010: An Overview of the Bird Rehabilitation Efforts

Julie Skoglund, who spoke at the Aquarium on August 16, 2011, has worked for International Bird Rescue since 2004. She has been the rehabilitation manager at Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles location for the past four years. After the Gulf oil spill, she designed and built an oiled bird center in Alabama and managed bird care in Louisiana.

Video Posted: July 19, 2012 | Running time: 2:53

Rosi Dagit

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Climate Change | Exhibit Pages | Penguin Habitat

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Penguins in our Watershed? Adventures in Antarctica and the Santa Monica Mountains

Rosit Dagit, who spoke at the Aquarium about the impact of climate change on sensitive species on September 1, 2011, has been a researcher with the non-profit research and education foundation Oceanites and the Antarctic Site Inventory since its inception in 1994 and a senior conservation biologist with the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains since 1988.

Video Posted: July 19, 2012 | Running time: 3:53

Judith Weis

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Do Fish Sleep?

Judith Weis, who spoke at the Aquarium on October 18, 2011, is a professor of biological sciences at Rutgers University and the author of Do Fish Sleep? Fascinating Answers to Questions about Fishes. She is also the chair of the Science Advisory Board of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Video Posted: July 19, 2012 | Running time: 3:02

LuAnn Dahlman

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Climate Change | Marine Biology

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Antarctica's Climate Secrets: Drilling into the Past to Predict the Future

LuAnn Dahlman, who spoke at the Aquarium on September 22, 2011, spent a season at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, working with an international group of scientists and drillers who are doing this innovative research. Dahlman is part of the Communications and Education group at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office and develops climate-related educational materials.

Video Posted: December 12, 2011 | Running time: 3:18

Rob Mortensen

Animal Information | Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Conservation

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Micronesian Kingfishers

Rob Mortensen, who spoke at the Aquarium on October 25, 2011, is the Aquariums assistant curator of birds and mammals. He previously served as a zookeeper at the Santa Barbara Zoo, a senior aquarist at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and an attack helicopter crew chief for the U.S. Army.

Video Posted: December 12, 2011 | Running time: 3:13

Daniel Beltra and Larry McKinney

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Art | Conservation

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The Deepwater Horizon Blowout: Two Perspectives—An Artist and a Scientist

Daniel Beltrá and Larry McKinney presented a joint lecture at the Aquarium on October 13, 2011, and discussed the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Beltrá is a professional photographer based in Seattle. His photography covering the Gulf spill was exhibited at the Aquarium. McKinney provided the scientist’s perspective. He serves as the executive director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.

Video Posted: December 9, 2011 | Running time: 3:55

Craig Heberer

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Marine Biology | Exhibit Pages

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: The State of Our Pacific Tuna Resources

Craig Heberer, who spoke at the Aquarium on October 11, 2011, works as a fisheries biologist with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, Southwest Region, Sustainable Fisheries Division. He serves as the lead biologist for the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species. Heberer was born and raised in San Pedro, California and grew up in the Croatian commercial tuna fishing industry.

Video Posted: December 8, 2011 | Running time: 3:42

Joe Roman

Animal Information | Guest Speakers | Conservation | Marine Biology

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Raising Whales: How Cetaceans Engineer Ocean Ecosystems

Joe Roman spoke at the Aquarium on September 28, 2011 about his research into the ecological role of whales in the ocean. He is a conservation biologist, freelance writer, and researcher at the University of Vermont. His research appears in the journals Science, BioScience, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, among others.

Video Posted: December 8, 2011 | Running time: 3:27

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