Ken Morris Memorial Lecture, Nov 13, 7 – 8:30 pm

The Seymour Center will host a lively and informative panel discussion about the possibility of further oil and gas development off California’s coast.

The 2018 Ken Norris Memorial Lecture will be moderated by Kate Roberts, President of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, and includes a panel of experts:
• Bill Douros, West Coast Regional Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
• Kaitilin Gaffney, Ocean, Coast, and Fisheries Director, Resource Legacy Fund
• Gary Griggs, Earth Sciences Distinguished Professor, UC Santa Cruz
Hosted by Pete Raimondi, Institute of Marine Sciences Director, UC Santa Cruz. Sponsored by Naomi Kirschenbaum. Free. Directions


Game of Drones: How Unmanned Aerial Systems Can Help Science, Nov 15, 5:30 pm

In recent years, unmanned aerial systems (“UAS”; also referred to as “UAVs” or “drones”) have become increasingly popular for recreational, commercial, and research purposes.  At the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), researchers John Haskins and Charlie Endris have been using UAS to document changes at a newly restored salt marsh in Moss Landing, CA. The benefits of UAS, including low cost, frequent flights, high resolution and high accuracy data, have provided staff with a valuable dataset of imagery and topographic models that can be used for detailed monitoring and decision-making.  John and Charlie will present some examples of their UAS work in Elkhorn Slough, and guide guests on a virtual reality “bird’s eye view” tour of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. No Registration Required. Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville


Native Crafts: Cultural Teachings of the Amah Mutsun, Nov 17,  9:30 am – noon

People have utilized natural materials gathered from the California coast for hundreds of years for food, tools, and cultural traditions. In this workshop learn traditional skills and cultural teachings of our local Amah Mutsun tribal band. Create beautiful jewelry and crafts using traditional materials under the guidance of Amah Mutsun artisans. Adult participants will make beaded jewelry while younger participants practice using tule to create twine and toys, and learn about other important cultural relationships with plants and animals. This workshop will take place in the Museum’s native plant garden and amphitheater (weather dependent) or inside the Museum’s workspace. Please dress for cool weather.  Pre-registration Required: Click HERE to Register
Price: $15 Adult | $10 Children | $5 Off Museum Members
. Space limited
.  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Drive.

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Ohlone Plant Use, Nov 18, 10 am to noon

No Safeway? No Home Depot? No pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Docent Eva Fewel will have plant samples and tools that the local Native Californians used. Learn how they collected, processed and used the local plants. Visit our campfire center any time during this drop-in program. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Day use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks. Big Basin Redwoods State Park


Science Sundays: Turning off the Tap on California’s Trash: Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Removal, Nov 18, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Marine debris is one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world’s ocean and waterways. Huge amounts of consumer plastics, lost fishing gear, and other items lead to untold impacts on marine species and their habitats—not to mention the socioeconomic impacts on coastal communities. With an estimated 8 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste entering the ocean every year, everyone has a role to play in stopping this problem at the source.
Sherry Lippiatt, PhD, California Regional Coordinator, NOAA Marine Debris Program, will talk about this multifaceted problem, approaches to prevention, and the state of the science surrounding marine debris. La Feliz Room at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center


Climate Solutions, Nov 29, 6 – 9 PM

Rick Nolthenius will be giving a talk on climate solutions, with this title, at the Erica Schilling forum on Nov 29 Thur eve 6-9pm Cabrillo College campus, room 450. There’ll be time for meeting, maybe some snacks, then the talk, and Q/A.

There will be a quick summary of the situation (you can’t decide on a strategy w/o knowing what the scale of the problem is), and strategies techo, policy, and geo-engineering. These will be assessed within a framework of safety and efficacy, with some look at cost as well, although that won’t be the emphasis. We’re looking for solutions, not how to fill pockets with max profits, after all. It’s worth whatever money we have – which is plenty! Cabrillo College, Rm 450


Microbiomes: From the White House to the Lab, Dec 5, 7 PM

How does a top researcher on bacterial microbiomes in agriculture 
shape national science policy and make doing science more inclusive?  Dr. Jo Handelsman is the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Vilas Research Professor, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. She served for three years as a science advisor to President Barack Obama as the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Dr. Handelsman is credited with introducing the term metagenomics to help launch a major new field of study, and is widely recognized for her contributions to science education and diversity in science. Notably, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama in 2011, and in 2012, Nature named her one of “ten people who mattered this year” for her research on gender bias in science.

At UCSC, Cowell Ranch Hay Barn,
 Ranch View Rd, Santa Cruz. Join us at this free, public lecture.