Saturday, March 18, 2023, 7-9:30 pm—Join Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries and Greater Farallones Association for an adult evening of sea urchin science and art, beginning with a reception that includes print making, science stations, multimedia projections and a no host bar. At 8pm, Rich Mooi, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology at California Academy of Sciences will share his findings on sea urchins, whose diversity in time and space tell us about biodiversity, adaptation, global change, and the origins of evolutionary novelties that continue to surprise and delight.
Location: San Francisco Zoo, 2945 Sloat Blvd., San Francisco
Recommended for ages 16+.
Public transit or ridesharing encouraged. Free parking available.
Questions? Contact Carol.A.Preston@noaa.gov
November 2021—Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, Greater Farallones Association, and partners, took attendees on a virtual dive into the secret lives of sponges and understanding ancient animals at their own pace. Deep sea researcher Dr. Amanda Kahn of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and San Jose State University shared her latest findings on the secret lives of sponges. Guests learned about the vast reefs and gardens of sponges that form the foundation of unique communities in the deep ocean, and how sponges move without muscles and create bridges between animal food webs and the microbial realm!
November 2020—The study of animal communication challenges our ideas of intelligence and informs the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Among the most fascinating and sophisticated of vocalizations are the songs and sounds of humpback whales. Laurance Doyle, Ph.D, Research Scientist with SETI Institute, will share his studies of humpbacks to understand the communications that exist throughout Planet Earth and beyond, at the 7:30 pm lecture.
November 2019—Learn about the secret lives of seaweeds and kelp forests from Dr. Karina Nielsen, Director of Estuary Ocean Science Center and Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University. Enjoy the fine art photography and research of artist and author Josie Iselin, whose work on marine algae explores the space where art and science converge. Farallones Kelp Recovery Coordinator Rietta Hohman will close the evening with a Q&A to discuss the efforts to address the decline of bull kelp forests along our coast.
April 2019—Albatrosses – our planet’s largest seabirds – soar across vast ocean basins, returning to land only to nest on remote islands. Breck Tyler, researcher with the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, has spent three decades living among these aerodynamic marvels. Learn from his intimate knowledge of their lifestyles, lovestyles, biology and conservation during his 8 pm lecture.
November 2018—Salmon is “king” among California fish. Explore our “Salmon-scape” in a journey from high mountain streams to the deep blue sea. Enjoy science, crafts and seafood “bites.” Mix, mingle, and learn, while taking in stunning night views of the city at the newly renovated Randall Museum. NOAA Fisheries scientists, Dr. Sarah Mesnick, Ecologist and Dr. Thomas Williams, Research Biologist will share the latest research. Enlivening our Q&A will be 25 Lusk’s Executive Chef Matthew Dolan, Fisherman Mike Hudson, Artist Ray Troll (artwork pictured here), Dr. Kevin Rider and Executive Director of Institute for Fisheries Resources Noah Oppenheim. Signings by Ray Troll, Matthew Dolan and Squidtoons author Garfield Kwan.
November 2017—Which are the ocean’s fastest, deepest, hottest, coldest, or oldest creatures? The deep-sea stoplight fish uses red searchlights to find prey that only it can see. Icefish create special anti-freeze to keep their blood flowing; you’ll find it in your ice cream! Dr. Stephen Palumbi, Stanford Professor of Biology, takes biodiversity to the absolute limit as he reveals some of the ocean’s most startling secrets.