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Seawater Desalination: Fact vs. Fiction

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

May 11, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Seawater Desalination: Fact vs. Fiction

Cyclical drought cycles exacerbated by the future impacts of climate change have California looking to the Pacific Ocean for a new, drought-proof drinking water supply. Is seawater desalination a sustainable source of new water for the state’s growing population?

The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel: Findings, Recommendations, and Actions

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

May 24, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel: Findings, Recommendations, and Actions

Panelist Dr. Stephen Weisberg will discuss the final report summarizing the panel’s major findings, recommendations, and action plan to combat changes to West Coast seawater chemistry.

Does Climate Change Put Ocean Life in a Blender?

Adults | Guest Speaker

June 7, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Does Climate Change Put Ocean Life in a Blender?

The oceans have absorbed 93 percent of all excess heat on earth, dramatically changing the physics, chemistry, and biology of the ocean.

Harmful Algal Blooms: Too Much of a Good Thing

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

June 14, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Harmful Algal Blooms: Too Much of a Good Thing

Scientists have documented an increase in the number and severity of toxic algal blooms in the ocean in recent decades.

The Sea Otter Survival Story

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

June 21, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

The Sea Otter Survival Story

The relationship between sea otters and humans has been strained nearly to the breaking point during much of the last two centuries. Now, with only 3,000 California sea otters remaining, this threatened species faces new peril.

California Caviar: The History of White Sturgeon Aquaculture

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

July 7, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

California Caviar: The History of White Sturgeon Aquaculture

Today, California’s white sturgeon aquaculture industry produces 10 tons of caviar and 700 tons of meat annually.

Taming Dragons: Unexpected Insights into the Biology, Behavior, and Diversity of Seadragons

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

July 19, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Taming Dragons: Unexpected Insights into the Biology, Behavior, and Diversity of Seadragons

Meet the scientist who in 2015 discovered the third known species of seadragon, the ruby seadragon, and the methods her team used to study these animals.

Tillandsia Air Plants: Low-Water Plants for the 21st Century

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

July 26, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Tillandsia Air Plants: Low-Water Plants for the 21st Century

The genus Tillandsia refers to a family of easy-to-maintain plants that can grow without soil.

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