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, March 31, 2015 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
• Tuesday, April 28, 2015 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
• Tuesday, May 26, 2015 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series
presented by AltaSea and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Harmful Algal Blooms Along the California Coast: Their Ecosystem Impacts and Our Present Understanding
By Dr. David Caron, University of Southern California

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have expanded globally in recent decades, and in many locations have increased in both frequency and intensity. Unfortunately, the coastline of California has not escaped this trend. Economic and environmental impacts of these events have escalated, posing threats to human and marine animal health, coastal water quality, fisheries and recreation.

Within Southern Californian waters, toxic events caused by microalgae that produce the neurotoxin domoic acid have been documented with regularity since 2003. The cause of this upswing in toxic events has been blamed on a multitude of factors ranging from normal environmental variability, to progressive anthropogenic nutrient enrichment along the coast, to long-term shifts in ecosystem structure due to global climate change.

While the specific causes of individual events remain elusive, scientists are beginning to understand some of the basic drivers and controls of toxic algal blooms in our region. The record of these events in SoCal over the last decade will be reviewed, along with our present understanding of what stimulates these incidents. Much of this understanding has been made possible through the establishment of collaborations between academic researchers, environmental managers and water quality regulators, with the goal of improving the predictability of toxic events, and developing strategies that protect the public and marine resources.

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• Friday, April 03, 2015 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, May 08, 2015 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, August 07, 2015 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, October 02, 2015 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, December 04, 2015 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM