Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Learning Resources

 Whether you're visiting the Aquarium yourself, with your family or are organizing a class trip, here are some handy resources to help you before you arrive.
For individuals, families or groups:

For educators:

Lecture topic: Climate Change and Weather

Warming oceans, melting ice, and rising seas, Dr. Ian Fenty, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Arctic climate as Documented by Algal Rocks, Dr. Branwen Williams, Claremont McKenna College
California Drought - Are We In or Out?, Dr. Bill Patzert, Climatologist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Teacher resources:
Lesson Plan - Climate
Worksheet - Climate
Library Pathfinder - Climate

Lecture topic: Marine Mammals

Beautiful Minds: Dolphins, Apes and the origins of Human Intelligence, Dr. Craig Stanford, USC
"That's Impossible!" Cetacean Heads are Vibroacoustic Antennas, Dr. Ted Cranford, San Diego State University
The amazing underwater world of blue and humpback whales: new tags provide insights into their lives and the threats they face, John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research
An urgent message from Mexico’s vaquita porpoise: protect me, protect life (yours included), Dr. Barbara Taylor, Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Teacher resources
Lesson Plan - Marine Mammals
Worksheet - Marine Mammals
Library Pathfinder - Whale Heads
Library Pathfinder - Ape and Dolphin Brains
Library Pathfinder - Vaquita

Graphics - Whales

Lecture topic: Sharks

Return of Big Predators to California Waters, Dr. Chris Lowe, CSU Long Beach

Teacher resources
Lesson Plan - Sharks

Graphics - Shark Parts
Graphics - Shark Games

Lecture topic: Marine Fishes

Surf, Sand, and Silversides: Research and Outreach with California Grunion, Dr. Karen Martin, Pepperdine University
Ovaries, Testes, and Copulatory Structures – Oh My! The Importance of Understanding Reproduction of Fishes, Dr. Kristy L. Forsgren, California State University, Fullerton
The Return of the Kelp Forest King, Dr. Larry G. Allen, California State University, Northridge
Beyond Big Fish, Restoring the Southern California Rocky Reef Ecosystem, Dr. Dan Pondella, Occidental College and Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI)

Teacher resources
Library Pathfinder - Fish Reproduction

Lecture topic: Marine Invertebrates

Parasites and food webs, Dr. Kevin Lafferty, US Geological Survey and UC Santa Barbara
Hugs and Drugs from Sea Slugs, Dr. Patrick J. Krug, California State University Los Angeles
If We Make Their Bed, They Will Lie In It: Restoration of Native Olympia Oysters in Southern California, Dr. Danielle Zacherl, California State University, Fullerton

Teacher resources
Library Pathfinder - Nudibranchs
Library Pathfinder - Olympia Oysters
Library Pathfinder - Parasites and Food Webs

Lecture topic: Plankton and Deep Sea

Do Swimming Animals Mix the Ocean?, Dr. John O. Dabiri, Stanford
The Vast Frontier: Tales From the Darkside, Mike Schaadt, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Harmful Algal Blooms Along the California Coast, Dr. David Caron, USC
The Universe Below: Explorations of Life in the Deep Sea, Dr. Shana Goffredi, Occidental College

Teacher resources
Lesson Plan - Plankton and Deep Sea
Worksheets - Plankton
Library Pathfinder - Plankton and Deep Sea

Graphic - Currents
Graphic - Diatom Art
Graphic - Plankton ID

Lecture topic: Human Impacts and Aquaculture

There is a great future in plastics: So what’s the big (and little) deal?, Shelly Moore, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)
Teaming with Nature in Managing Urban Runoff: More Bang for the Buck!, Dr. John Dorsey, Loyola Marymount University
Advances in beach water quality monitoring, Dr. Stephen Weisberg, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Sewers to Sanddabs: Profiling Orange County Sanitation District’s Ocean Monitoring Program, Dr. Jeff Armstrong, Environmental Supervisor, Orange County Sanitation District-Ocean Monitoring Program
Outlook on the Outer Continental Shelf for Offshore Energy, Dr. Ann Bull, Chief of Environmental Sciences Section Pacific Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Future of Food from the Sea, Dr. Steve Gaines, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara
Aquaculture - The Fight for our Local Seafood, Kelly Stromberg, Catalina Sea Ranch
"The Golden Shore - California's Love Affair with the Sea", David Helvarg, Executive Director of Blue Frontier

Teacher resources
Lesson Plan - Human Impacts
Worksheet - Human Impacts
Library Pathfinder - Human Impacts

Lecture topic: Rocky Intertidal

Ecological Consequences of Thermal Stress on Wave-Swept Shores: Insights from a Model Ecosystem, Dr. Bengt J. Allen, California State University, Long Beach
Tides of change: Trends in Rocky Intertidal Communities, Dr. Richard F. Ambrose, UCLA

Teacher resources
Lesson Plan - Rocky Intertidal
Worksheet- Rocky Intertidal

Graphic - Invertebrate Cut Out Cards

Lecture topic: Salt Marshes and Wetlands

Designing solutions to restore wetlands in a time of change, Dr. Christine Whitcraft, California State University, Long Beach
Unearthing the Historical Wetlands of Southern California, Dr. Shawna Dark, CSU Northridge

Teacher resources
Lesson Plan - Wetlands
Worksheet - Bird Skeleton and Beak
Library Pathfinder - Wetlands

Graphic - Migration Game Cards
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