Discover Science Weekend

Discover Science Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9

Bring the family to explore ocean and marine research alongside scientists through engaging and fun interactive displays and activities.

Meet visiting scientists and researchers from the University of Washington, NOAA, the State of Washington and others, as well as the Aquarium’s own scientists. Learn about current research to discover why and how the science is being conducted. Free with Aquarium admission.

Homeschool families will be eligible for a special reduced admission rate of $9 per person for this event only. These families will be required to give us their email/mailing address when they come in so we can follow up about the event.

Saturday, November 9–Monday, November 11

Scheduled Activities

Activity

 

Location

 

Time

Diver Show

 

Window on Washington Waters

 

10am

Meet a Shark Expert

 

Puget Sound Hall

 

10:30am

Diver Show

 

Window on Washington Waters

 

11:30am

Meet Our Marine Mammals

 

Marine Mammal Exhibit area

 

11:30am

Meet Our Octopus

 

Octopus Exhibit

 

12pm

Diver Show

 

Window on Washington Waters

 

12:15pm

Meet a Local Scientist

 

Puget Sound Hall

 

1:30pm

Meet our Marine Mammals

 

Marine Mammal Exhibit area

 

2pm

Diver Show

 

Window on Washington Waters

 

3pm

Meet Our Octopus

 

Octopus Exhibit

 

4pm

Lightning Talks
Discover Science Weekend kickoff event: Friday, November 7, 6:30-9pm

Lightning Talks provide an opportunity to hear a quick synopsis of the research projects being shared during Discover Science Weekend. Light refreshments; cash bar. Admission is $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

Register here.

 

Lightning Talk Speakers

  • Sally James, seattlesciencewriter.com: “The Big Power of Small Words”
  • Kelly Andrews, NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center: “All Hands on Deck: Cooperative Research to Recover Puget Sound's Rockfish”
  • Dr. Kim Martini, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO), University of Washington: “Fukushima Radiation: Where It Is and What it Means to You”
  • Fritz Stahr, Ph.D., School of Oceanography, University of Washington: “New Tools to Explore the Deep Ocean”
  • Julie Masura, University of Washington Tacoma: “Results from Poking Holes in Puget Sound”
  • Jeff Christiansen, Seattle Aquarium: “Swimming with Sixgill Sharks: What You Learn by Poking a Large Animal with a Sharp Stick!”
  • Jessica Hale, University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences: “Sea Otter Population Dynamics in Washington State”
  • Rick Keil, University of Washington, School of Oceanography: “What Happens to Dead Stuff in the Ocean?”
  • Erika Frost, Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST): “What's Washed In: Seabird Patterns on the Pacific Coast”
  • Kristin Laidre, Polar Science Center, University of Washington: “Narwhal Mysteries 101”

 

Ocean and Marine Research Lightning Talk Speakers

Moderator: Jim Wharton
Director of Conservation and Education
Seattle Aquarium, COSEE OLC

Heather Galindo: Scientist Engagement in the Modern World
Assistant Director of Science
COMPASS

Christopher Krembs: Shifting Nutrient Ratios & Phytoplankton Biomass - Implications for Puget Sound
Oceanographer, Marine Quality Monitoring
Washington Department of Ecology

Miles Logsdon: Marine GIS-Advances in Seafloor Mapping and In-Water Column Acoustics
Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab
University of Washington School of Oceanography

Shawn Larson: Sea Otters
Curator of Conservation Research
Seattle Aquarium

Orlay Johnson: Why Did the Salmon Cross the Road? Genetics of Chum Salmon
Fishery Biologist
NOAA Conservation Biology Division, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Paul Hillman: The Science Behind Harbor Seal Monitoring in Puget Sound
Filmmaker
NOAA Fisheries Ocean Media Center

Julie Keister: Ocean Acidification
Biological Oceanographer
University of Washington, School of Oceanography

Robert Pacunski: Using ROVs to Conduct Visual Surveys of Ground Fish and Habitat in Puget Sound
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Vera Trainer: Harmful Algal Blooms
Oceanographer, Marine Biotoxin Program
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Merrill Rudd: The Importance of Fisheries Stock Assessment
Graduate Student
University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Lynne Barre: Orcas
Marine Biologist
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9

Time Show Location
10am Diver Show Window on Washington Waters
11:30am Diver Show  Window on Washington Waters
11:30am Meet Our Marine Mammals Marine Mammal Exhibit Area
Noon Meet Our Octopus Octopus Exhibit
12:15pm Diver Show  Window on Washington Waters
1pm ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Show Window on Washington Waters
2pm Meet our Marine Mammals Marine Mammal Area
3pm Diver Show Window on Washington Waters
4pm Meet Our Octopus Octopus Exhibit

 

Some of the scientists you can meet during Discover Science Weekend

Discover Science Weekend exhibitors

Saturday, November 8:

  • International Pacific Halibut Commission
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
  • Salmon Watchers King County
  • University of Washington Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST)
  • University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
  • University of Washington Marine Technology Society
  • University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
  • University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • University of Washington Tacoma
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy
  • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Washington Sea Grant

Sunday, November 9:

  • International Pacific Halibut Commission
  • Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS)
  • Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Salmon Watchers King County
  • University of Washington Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST)
  • University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • University of Washington Tacoma U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy
  • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife