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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.

Ocean Desalination Reconsidered

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

July 12, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Ocean Desalination Reconsidered

A panel of experts will discuss the pros and cons of ocean desalination as a source of fresh drinking water in Southern California.

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

Adults | Exhibits | Horses and Dragons | 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.

Local Legends: Movement Biology of the Leopard Shark off La Jolla, California

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

August 9, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Local Legends: Movement Biology of the Leopard Shark off La Jolla, California

Every summer, hundreds of harmless leopard sharks gather in shallow water off La Jolla Shores Beach. Learn about the history of this spot and its leopard sharks.

Into the Black

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

August 18, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Into the Black

Diver and marine wildlife photographer Mike Bartick will discuss diving at night and photographing nocturnal marine life.

Hugs and Drugs from Sea Slugs

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

August 30, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Hugs and Drugs from Sea Slugs

Marine biologist Patrick Krug will discuss the ecological reasons for sea slugs’ beautiful coloration, their role in drug discovery and biomedical research, and their dramatic and intriguing mating behaviors.

Searching for the Unicorn: Science and Decision Making

Adults | Guest Speaker | Live Web Stream

September 7, 2016 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Searching for the Unicorn: Science and Decision Making

In this lecture Margaret Davidson will discuss the reasons behind the underappreciation and underutilization of the United States’ scientific capabilities, especially with regard to highly contentious issues such as planning, disaster policy, and climate change.

See the rest of the guest speaker calendar.