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Aquarium Lecture: Exploring the Deep Pacific

Exploring the Deep Pacific: Dragonfish, Spookfish, and Other Unbelievable Animals with Bruce Robison

When: Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 | 7:00 PM–8:30 PM

Bruce Robison will discuss recent discoveries made using both manned and robotic submersibles to explore the deep sea. The results include many animals new to science, novel behavior patterns, the widespread use of bioluminescence, remarkable adaptations for living in the deep, and the effects of climate change on deep-sea animals.

Robison studies the biology and ecology of the animals that inhabit the ocean’s deep water column. He pioneered the use of undersea vehicles for these studies and he led the first team of scientists trained as research submersible pilots. Robison is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was appointed a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution.

Cost: $5 for public; FREE for Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students with valid ID and advanced reservations.

Tickets: You can purchase tickets online for this lecture. You will need to select the option from the menu, correct time, and date on the following pages. Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students must call to RSVP (562)[masked], ext. 0

Parking in the garage is $8.

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This speaking engagement will be streamed live via the web. It's free and you can participate in the Q&A session at the end via Twitter. Times posted are in Pacific Time. Please note that if you tune in early, you may see either a placeholder image or another scheduled guest speaker engagement.


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  • Jennifer and A.

    The lecture was fine. However, this is about the fifth time that I've attended via this so-called meetup. Rarely is there anyone who actually identifies themselves as being affiliated with the meetup. (Jan, do you really attend anymore?) I belong to about 30 of these meetups, a number of them in Canada. The successful ones make a point of identifying themselves at the event. It isn't that hard. We also exchange cell phone numbers in case we can't attend or "get lost." I would like to say that it was nice seeing all of you--but I didn't see any of you.

    August 13, 2013

    • Jan R.

      Thank you for your comments, Andy. I'm sorry I didn't make this meetup, but I have been to several, Aquarium lectures and others, where those who RSVPd did not show up, and I had my meetup sign. I have also set up 4 purely social get togethers where only one person or none showed up. Meetup charges organizers to have this group, so it is frustrating when there are frequent no-shows. Andy, perhaps you could help by becoming an assistant organizer (it's free)?

      August 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      As pix show, friends & i had a 'Mar-mollusk fun time! Like bobbing jellyfishes, we swam by a bit late fr.getting lost in actual traffic & Aquarium surroundings. So we just 'wave w/the flow', enjoyed the remaining mighty 'fish-scinating'­ lecture & wondrous exhibits. Squid-fully entertaining! Really hooked the little/big mermaids/man out in all of us. Even did a quick tribute ocean floor dancing to honor the moment ;-)

      Although didn't 'sea' anybody fr.Meetup, a deep abyss of gratitude for posting this event. Had some time after to take in the beautiful boardwalk, then stop by Gladstones for a delicious seafood dinner of salmon & yellowtail, complete w/dessert of chocolate mousse (no pix, phone need to recharge). Plenty to share if anyone joined us. Hopefully like a school of fish, will 'catchup w/y'all next one. Til then, have a marine-ficent wknd & gloriously enchanting life, truly! =}

      2 · August 17, 2013

  • tracy

    This lecture was really nice. It was very informative, showing some of the latest discoveries of the deep oceans. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in bioluminescence animals. Plus, it's inside the Aquarium, so if you get there a little early you can wonder around and see all the animals there too.

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ...suddenly more pals wanna join who also luv science & marine life! :-)

    August 13, 2013

  • Jan R.

    I'm sorry I have to miss this, but I have a schedule conflict. :-(

    August 13, 2013

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