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, September 29, 2015 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
• Tuesday, October 27, 2015 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
• Tuesday, November 24, 2015 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series
presented by AltaSea and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

If We Make Their Bed, They Will Lie In It: Restoration of Native Olympia Oysters in Southern California
By Dr. Danielle Zacherl, CSU Fullerton

The Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida, is the only oyster native to the US west coast but it has experienced significant population declines since the early 1900s due to overharvesting and habitat destruction. This once bed-forming species provides complex habitat for other organisms, but there are no remaining natural Olympia oyster beds in southern California.

Dr. Zacherl will discuss a recent study that examined the effectiveness of various restoration techniques on increasing local oyster density in Newport Bay, CA. Her study documented the colonization of constructed oyster beds by oysters and a broad community of marine organisms over a two-year period. She will also discuss other ongoing efforts to restore this habitat type to bays in Southern California, and will briefly review other ongoing research projects in her lab focused on the population ecology and taxonomy of this species.

Click here for teacher resources related to this lecture.

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• Friday, October 02, 2015 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, December 04, 2015 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM