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, January 30, 2018 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
• Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
• Tuesday, March 27, 2018 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series
Parasites and food webs

By Dr. Kevin Lafferty, US Geological Survey and UC Santa Barbara

Food webs are the conceptual framework underlying most of Marine Ecology. But Marine Ecologists rarely account for most of the species in food webs, which turn out to be parasites. Parasites can be disgusting, but are they trivial? Parasites change how food webs look and can affect the way predators and prey interact. Furthermore, food webs alter disease transmission, meaning that we can manipulate food webs to improve health.

Dr. Kevin Lafferty is a senior marine ecologist with the US Geological Survey at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He studies marine conservation in estuaries, sandy beaches, kelp forests and coral reefs, with a special fondness for parasites.

Click here for teacher resources related to this lecture.

Please RSVP to:

• Friday, February 02, 2018 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, April 06, 2018 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, June 01, 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