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, 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

California Drought: Are We In or Out?
By Dr. Bill Patzert, Climatologist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

"California's history is written in great droughts," Patzert says. As of November 2014, the ongoing California drought has turned more serious. Entering our 4th year of below-normal rainfall and snowpack, California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades. Governor Jerry Brown has called for Californians to voluntarily reduce water. Mandatory rationing could be ordered soon so that homes, businesses and farms don’t run dry. Wildfire danger is unusually high. How did we get into this drought?

In part, blame it on the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or "PDO," a slowly oscillating pattern of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. At the moment, the PDO might being 'flipping' out of its dry phase — a condition historically linked to extreme high-pressure ridges that block West Coast storms and give the Midwest and East Coast punishing winters. Did much advertised El Nino give us drought relief? How does drought impact the Southern California coastal marine environment? To find out how this story developed this winter, what happened to this drought and how we deal with future droughts, attend his talk!

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• 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