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April 2015

California’s Drought: Are We In or Out?
April 21, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Bill Patzert

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
April 22, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Dr. Andrew Rosenberg

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)
April 30, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Mel Nutter

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.

May 2015

The Future of Food: David “Mas” Masumoto
May 7, 2015 6:30 PM—9:00 PM

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The Farmer as Artist

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
May 12, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Perry Hampton

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

Using Robots and Drones to Track Sharks
May 27, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Dr. Chris Lowe

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.

June 2015

Natural History of Sea Slugs
June 3, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Kevin Lee

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
June 8, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Mat Kaplan

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

Extinct in the Wild: Partnering to Save the Guam Kingfisher
June 17, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Beth Bahner

Beth Bahner will give a brief history of the Guam Bird Rescue Project, which collected critically endangered bird species including Guam Kingfishers and others from the island of Guam to prevent their total extinction.

July 2015

The Sixth Extinction of the Ocean
July 9, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Dr. Donald Prothero

Dr. Donald Prothero will discuss the current crisis in oceanic diversity and impending crash and extinction in marine life.

Up Around the Bend
July 14, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Don Christy & Vicki Mack

Don Christy will give an illustrated look at the historic past and at the villas, homes, personalities, and tales of Portuguese Bend and Palos Verdes, California.

Resilience of Coastal Cities to Environmental Threats: The New Frontier
July 21, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Alan Blumberg

Coastal urban resiliency is vital for protection of the growing human population along coastlines.

2015 Boeing Teacher Institute
July 30, 2015 8:00 AM—5:00 PM

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Up to 30 teachers will be invited to this week long intensive introduction to the Aquarium, Southern California’s diverse ecosystems, and current research being conducted by local scientists.

August 2015

Green Chemistry in the Water Quality Laboratory
August 4, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Karen Tuttle Stearns

Karen Tuttle Stearns will discuss the purpose and need for the Aquarium’s water quality laboratory and the green chemistry practices employed there.

Sea Jellies
August 18, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Nate Jaros

Assistant Curator Nate Jaros will share how Aquarium staff members obtain, feed, transport, and culture sea jellies.

September 2015

Homeschool Days
September 16, 2015 9:00 AM—12:00 PM

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The Aquarium of the Pacific would like to invite homeschool networks, students, parents, and teachers to our Homeschool Days

Homeschool Days
September 17, 2015 9:00 AM—12:00 PM

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The Aquarium of the Pacific would like to invite homeschool networks, students, parents, and teachers to our Homeschool Days

October 2015

The Future of Food: Michael Cimarusti
October 7, 2015 6:30 PM—9:00 PM

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Eating Well and Doing Good

This talk part of an ongoing series called The Future of Food hosted by Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons. In this session chef Michael Cimarusti will discuss how the fine dining industry can get involved with sustainable food.

November 2015

One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Rockfish
November 3, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Dr. Milton Love

There are more than 100 species of rockfish around the world, with at least forty-five in Southern California. Dr. Milton Love will discuss rockfish and their biology, habitat, and behaviors.