Aquarium of the Pacific to Offer Live Online Interactive Lecture Series

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The Penguins of Patagonia guest speaker P. Dee Boersma, Ph.D.

Beginning this month the Aquarium will stream live interactive lectures on its website, featuring scientists and other experts. Viewers will learn about the urban ocean, medicinal rainforest plants, green sea turtle rehabilitation, and more.

The first lecture to be streamed online will be held on today, June 8 at 7pm – 8:30pm with guest speaker P. Dee Boersma, Ph.D. For nearly thirty years Dr. Boersma has studied the world’s largest Magellanic Penguin colony in Punta Tombo, Argentina. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the opening of the Aquarium’s new June Keyes Penguin Habitat, which is home to a small colony of more than a dozen Magellanic Penguins.

The lecture series will continue on June 20 with a presentation by ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, who will discuss rainforest conservation and his search for new jungle medicines. The series also includes the following lectures:

  • July 12: Aquarium President and CEO Jerry Schubel, Unlocking the Potential of the Southern California Urban Ocean
  • August 8: Aquarium Veterinarian Dr. Lance Adams; National Marine Fisheries Service Biologist Dan Lawson; and Aquarium volunteers Hugh and Pam Ryono, Green Sea Turtles and the San Gabriel River
  • August 23: Soundscape Recordist Bernie Kraus, The Great Animal Orchestra
  • September 6: National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Jackson, The Science and Service of Fire Weather
  • September 12: Maddalena Bearzi, Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist
  • October 2: Paleontologist Donald Prothero, Catastrophes: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters
  • October 29: Paul Levy (former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center and executive dean for Administration at Harvard Medical School), Goal Play!

Lectures will be streamed live online.

Viewers can send their questions for the Q&A session via Twitter @AquariumPacific and tag their question with the speaker’s last name in the following format: #aopname.

The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, is dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions. For more information call (562) 590-3100 or visit

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