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 28, 2017 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
• Tuesday, April 25, 2017 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
• Tuesday, May 30, 2017 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series
presented by AltaSea and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Ovaries, Testes, and Copulatory Structures – Oh My! The Importance of Understanding Reproduction of Fishes

By Dr. Kristy L. Forsgren, California State University, Fullerton

Fishes comprise approximately half of all vertebrate species, occupying both fresh and saltwater habitats in temperatures ranging from 0–40 degrees Celsius. Fish live from the surface waters of the ocean to the depths of the abyss. Fish have a variety of feeding modes and display a wide range of body forms that allow them to live in such diverse habitats.

However, it is fish reproduction that exhibits some of the most extraordinary variation among vertebrates. Not only is fish reproduction interesting, but a comprehensive understanding of fish reproduction is imperative in protecting our fish populations. Agencies, such as Fish and Wildlife, are responsible for managing commercial and recreational fisheries in order to sustain the species for continued activities. Reproductive data are a key factor in adequately managing fisheries.

My laboratory at California State University, Fullerton seeks to understand the reproductive physiology and diversity of fish reproduction, from gonadal development (i.e. ovaries, testes) to mating/copulation. I look forward to sharing with you emerging research regarding giant oarfish reproduction, rockfish pheromone secretion, copulatory organs, and much more.

Kristy Forsgren is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton. She received her Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) and Master of Science (Biology) at California State University, Long Beach and her doctorate from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington (Fish Physiology and Endocrinology). Kristy did a post-doc with Dr. Daniel Schlenk at University of California, Riverside and was a Delta Science Fellow and researched the effect of bifenthrin, a pyrethroid insecticide, on the reproductive health of steelhead. Currently, her research is focused on understanding the reproductive biology of a variety of fishes including rockfishes, surf perches, and deep water fishes (e.g., giant oarfish, dragonfish). Kristy has also been involved in reproductive studies investigating invertebrate biology. She collaborates with several biologists in southern California including The Ocean Monitoring Program (Dr. Jeff Armstrong) at the Orange County Sanitation District.

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• Friday, April 07, 2017 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, June 02, 2017 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, August 04, 2017 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, October 06, 2017 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, December 01, 2017 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM