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Rob Mortensen

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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

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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

Richard Feely

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Oceanography

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Ocean Acidification: Implications for West Coast Ecosystems

Dr. Richard Feely, who spoke on May 23, 2011, is a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the ocean and ocean acidification processes.

Video Posted: October 3, 2011 | Running time: 3:25

James Lindholm

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Conservation | Marine Biology | Oceanography

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Mission to Aquarius: A Journey to Inner Space

Dr. James Lindholm, who spoke at the Aquarium on April 27, 2011, is the James W. Rote Distinguished Professor of Marine Science and Policy and the founder and director of the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology at California State University, Monterey Bay. His research interests include the landscape ecology of fishes, the recovery of seafloor habitats following the cessation of fishing activity, and the design and efficacy of marine protected areas.

Video Posted: October 3, 2011 | Running time: 3:39

Dr. Milton Love

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Marine Biology

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More Fun in the Little Yellow Submarine: 14 Years of Fish Research Around California Oil Platforms

Dr. Milton Love, who spoke at the Aquarium on June 7, 2011, is a research biologist at the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has conducted research on the marine fishes of California for over forty years. He has been a recreational angler since 1955 and was briefly a commercial fisherman in Santa Barbara.

Video Posted: September 19, 2011 | Running time: 4:35

Marc Shargel

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Art | Conservation | Marine Biology

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Wonders of the Sea

Marc Shargel, who spoke at the Aquarium on June 28, 2011, has been diving along the California coast since 1978. He has been working as a professional marine life photographer for over twenty years. A longtime advocate for the adoption of marine reserves, Shargel served on the state's official advisory body, helping to select sites for marine protected areas along the southern central coast.

Video Posted: September 19, 2011 | Running time: 2:58

Janna Shackeroff

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NOAA’s International Conservation Programs

Janna Shackeroff, who spoke at the Aquarium on July 13, 2011, is the international coordinator for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, based in Silver Spring, Maryland. A Seal Beach native, she earned her Ph.D. in marine ecology and anthropology at Duke University in 2008, then began working for NOAA at a marine protected area in Hawaii. In 2010 the journal "Science" recognized Shackeroff as one of four emerging leaders in marine conservation.

Video Posted: September 19, 2011 | Running time: 2:42

Ana Pitchon

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Business | Conservation

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Sea Hunters or Sea Farmers? Transitions in Modern Fisheries

Ana Pitchon is an assistant professor of anthropology at CSU Dominguez Hills. She specializes in marine human ecosystems and fisheries policy, and has held consultancies in the U.S. with NOAA. She is currently working in collaboration with NOAA on issues related to coastal resource dependency as part of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act National Standard 8 research program.

Video Posted: August 10, 2011 | Running time: 4:15

Naomi Oreskes

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Climate Change

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Merchants of Doubt

Naomi Oreskes is a professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. She is an author and editor of many published works, and her most recent deals with the science of climate change. Her 2004 essay "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change" led to op-ed pieces in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times and has been widely cited in the mass media, including National Public Radio and in the movie An Inconvenient Truth.

Video Posted: November 18, 2010 | Running time: 4:01

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