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SPECIAL PRESENTATION: “The Extreme Life of the Sea”

SPECIAL EVENT:  SF Bay American Cetacean Society & Aquarium of the Bay/The Bay Institute as co-sponsors

Parking:  Discounted parking for Pier 39 parking lot available at Aquarium of the Bay. Parking often available on side streets. Very accessible to Public transportation.

Cost: $10.00 includes Reception; 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Stephen Palumbi  

“The Extreme Life of the Sea: Amazing ways animals live in amazing parts of the ocean”

stephen palumbi

What are the fastest fish in the sea? The deepest species? The hottest, coldest, oldest? The strangest family lives? The oceans are filled with a huge diversity of life, and species manage to live in virtually all habitats. There is the deepsea stop light fish with red search lights for finding prey – that only it can see. There are ice fish with special proteins that keep ice out of their blood, and are now used to keep ice out of your ice cream. This is a talk for everyone who wants to know the secrets of the sea. It is about the familiar – where Nemo finds a mate – and the unfamiliar – how do squid fly? It is about the extreme life of the sea. (Twitter hash tag #ExtremeLifeOTC/


Steve Palumbi, Photo by Dan Griffin, GG Films

Jane and Marshall Steele Jr. Professor of Marine Sciences

Harold A. Miller Director of the Hopkins Marine Station

Department of Biological Sciences

Stanford University

Steve teaches and does research in evolution and marine biology at Stanford University, and has long been fascinated by how quickly the world around us changes. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Steve has worked in Washington State, Hawaii, Massachusetts and California. Work on the genetics of marine organisms tries to focus on basic evolutionary questions but also on practical solutions to questions about how to preserve and protect the diverse life in the sea.

Steve has lectured extensively on human-induced evolutionary change, has used genetic detective work to identify whales for sale in retail markets, and is working on new methods to help find species resistant to climate change. Steve’s latest book for non-scientists is about the amazing species in the sea, written with Steve’s son and novelist Anthony. The Extreme Life of the Sea tells you about the fastest species in the sea, and hottest, coldest, oldest etc. Just a few years ago Steve and Carolyn Sotka published an unusual environmental success story called The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival. His first science book for non-scientists The Evolution Explosion explored how human accelerate evolutionary change in the species around us. Steve helped write, research and also appears in the BBC series The Future is Wild and the History Channel’s World Without People. Other recent films appearances include The End of the Line, and the Canadian Broadcasting series One Ocean. Major work continues on the microdocumentary project, the Short Attention Span Science Theater. The series website received a million hits last year. Steve’s band Sustainable Soul has several songs out, including Crab Love and The Last Fish Left.

Steve holds a Pd.D. from the University of Washington, and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous awards for research and conservation, including a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.  He lives in Pacific Grove, CA with his family and is based at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Father & son team....son was boring

    March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A wonderful night was had by all. Magnificent presentation by Steve and Tony. A must read book!

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone

    I look forward to seeing you at the event. I am having this event at the Aquarium of the Bay due to Stephen's audience draw and co-sponsoring with Aquarium of the Bay/Bay Institute.
    We are very fortunate to have Stephen Palumbi doing a presentation for us! He normally only does presentations for conferences, etc. Be sure to get your ticket prior.
    Reservations/Tickets: I will have a little table set up with our SF Bay American Cetacean Society brochures, etc so be sure to stop by and say hello during the reception. See you there!

    March 17, 2014

  • Nishant Rene Ghaiy V.

    Very into sailing and looking to involve myself more in the community.

    March 16, 2014

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