Cabrillo Marine Aquarium


    Monthly lectures are offered by FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the American Cetacean Society featuring fascinating talks on a variety of marine-related topics by noted scientists and authors.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is also collaborating with our new “neighbor,” the world-class urban marine research and innovation center, AltaSea. We are jointly hosting a Discovery Lecture Series in 2015 on select Fridays from 7pm to 9pm at the Aquarium in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. For a complete lecture list and more information click here.

Upcoming Lectures

American Cetacean Society Lecture
The American Cetacean Society/LA Chapter offers free presentations on whale research and conservation on the last Tuesday of every month in the John M. Olguin Auditorium.

For more information and scheduled speakers, please visit the ACS-LA website.

• Tuesday, May 29, 2018 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series
Dr. Christine Whitcraft, California State University, Long Beach

Designing solutions to restore wetlands in a time of change

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Salt marshes, a type of wetland, are highly productive and important ecosystems along our coast. Despite their importance, human activities through time, such as development and pollution, have reduced wetland area and degraded wetland conditions. Here in California, we estimate that approximately 90% of our coastal wetlands have been lost. Habitat restoration has been a strategy employed to combat this loss and improve functioning of coastal salt marshes. However, climate change predictions indicate that sea level rise and increasing temperatures will have a profound impact on these coastal salt marshes. The research in our Wetland Ecology Laboratory focuses on understanding how human activities, including development and climate change, impact salt marshes and how we can successfully protect and restore these valuable ecosystems in the future.

Christine Whitcraft is currently an associate professor in the Biology Department at CSU Long Beach. She earned her B.A. in Biology from Williams College in Massachusetts and her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Her main research interest is in the functioning of coastal wetlands and estuarine communities from a multi-disciplinary perspective including plant, algae, and benthic invertebrate biodiversity, food web structure, physical environmental parameters, and recently economic perspectives. She teaches a range of ecology classes within the department including Wetland Ecology, Plant Ecology, and Conservation Biology. Outside of research, Christine still can’t get enough of wetlands and serves as the President of a local non-profit, Friends of Colorado Lagoon and on the board of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy.

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• Friday, June 01, 2018 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, August 03, 2018 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, October 05, 2018 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, December 07, 2018 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM