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Aquatic Academy | The Case for Ocean Exploration

Guest Speaker

March 31, 2015 7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Aquatic Academy | The Case for Ocean Exploration

In a series of evening courses for adults, meet modern-day ocean explorers, and learn what potential the ocean holds, from undiscovered life forms to natural resources, and which technologies might play a role in helping us better understand our World Ocean and life on our planet.

Upcoming Lectures

California’s Drought: Are We In or Out?

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

April 21, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

California’s Drought: Are We In or Out?

Climatologist Bill Patzert will explain how the California drought developed, its ties to ocean phenomena, and how people can deal with the impacts of future droughts.

Harnessing Science in Service of a Thriving Democracy

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

April 22, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Harnessing Science in Service of a Thriving Democracy

Dr. Andrew Rosenberg will discuss science’s role in American democracy and the trend of disbelief in scientific information.

Saving California’s Coast (One Local Coastal Program at a Time)

Adults | Conservation | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

April 30, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Saving California’s Coast (One Local Coastal Program at a Time)

Mel Nutter, a former chair of the California Coastal Commission, will discuss how cities and counties work with the Coastal Commission to prepare Local Coastal Programs designed to protect California’s coast.

The Future of Food: David “Mas” Masumoto

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

May 7, 2015 6:30 PM—9:00 PM

The Future of Food: David “Mas” Masumoto

This talk is part of an ongoing series called The Future of Food hosted by Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons. In this session farmer and author David “Mas” Masumoto will discuss organic farming.

Reproduction at the Aquarium: The Husbandry Department Tells All

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

May 12, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Reproduction at the Aquarium: The Husbandry Department Tells All

Aquarium Vice President of Husbandry Perry Hampton will discuss animal reproduction at the Aquarium.

Using Robots and Drones to Track Sharks

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

May 27, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Using Robots and Drones to Track Sharks

Dr. Chris Lowe runs the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach. He will discuss how scientists can use high-tech tools like robots and aerial drones to track sharks in the open ocean so we can learn more about their behavior and habitats as well as what we can do to protect them.

Natural History of Sea Slugs

Underwater Photos

June 3, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Natural History of Sea Slugs

SCUBA diver and underwater photographer Kevin Lee will share his images of opisthobranchs, or sea slugs, and explain anatomic and behavioral characteristics of these ocean animals.

Planetary Oceans: Exploring Earth’s Seas Before We Sail Through Europa’s Seawater Plumes

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream | Ocean Exploration

June 8, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Planetary Oceans: Exploring Earth’s Seas Before We Sail Through Europa’s Seawater Plumes

On World Ocean Day the Aquarium will host a discussion of ocean exploration as it relates to space exploration.

See the rest of the guest speaker calendar.