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March 2015

The Aquarium’s Diving Program
March 5, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Paul Dimeo

The Aquarium of the Pacific boasts one of the largest, most active dive programs in the country, with more than 230 divers.

Fukushima and its Impacts
March 11, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Ken Buesseler

On the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant meltdown triggered by the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake, Ken Buesseler will discuss the impacts of the accident on marine life.

Antarctic Penguins
March 17, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Heather Lynch

Penguins are playing an increasingly important role as sentinels of ocean health. Heather Lynch will give a brief overview of penguin biology, the threats currently facing many penguin species, and methods used by scientists to study these charismatic seabirds.

NOAA Office of Exploration and Research Teacher Workshop
March 21, 2015 8:00 AM—4:00 PM

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How Do We Explore?

Participants will learn how to use standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom investigations into the innovative exploration strategies, sophisticated instrumentation and equipment used onboard the ship to explore our largely unknown world ocean.

The Story of Keiko
March 25, 2015 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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Mark Simmons & Dr. Thomas White

The topic of whales in captivity is one of great debate with passionate opinions and feelings on both sides. Hear two perspectives on this topic in a presentation at the Aquarium.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.