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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

Wendy Williams

Educational | Guest Speakers

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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 | Exhibits | 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

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