Discover Science Weekend

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Lightning Talks

Discover Science Weekend kickoff event

Thursday, November 12, 7-10pm at the Seattle Aquarium
$19 for one admission to Lightning Talks with one drink included ($30 value)

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about marine science research from local scientists during Lightning Talks, part of our larger Discover Science Weekend. Scientists will give five-minute glimpses into topics such as Mishka, the Seattle Aquarium’s asthmatic sea otter, and orca poop—while inspiring guests to take an active role in marine conservation. Desserts will be served; no-host bar. Admission to the Seattle Aquarium and one drink are included.

Register here.

 

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Lightning Talks speakers and topics:

What is this "blob" of unusually warm water lurking off the coast of the Pacific Northwest? Where did it come from and how is it affecting the ecosystems of the Washington coast and Puget Sound?

Are we ready for The Big One...and what might follow? A large earthquake along the Cascadia fault would likely trigger a wave similar to the Japanese tsunami of 2011. What would that mean for Western Washington?

The lush slopes and sparkling waters of Puget Sound have long drawn people to Seattle, but at what price? Can this hub for technology and innovation meet the growth-induced challenges of changing temperature and chemistry to live in harmony with the ecosystem that inspired it?

Could rafts of native, naturally occurring seaweeds absorb enough carbon to lessen the effects of ocean acidification? A project from a team led by the Puget Sound Restoration Fund won the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Ocean Challenge to find out.

The new Center for Creative Conservation will be a catalyst for amplifying conservation efforts at regional, national and global scales on topics related to nature and public health, large landscapes, ecosystem services and education.

The Olympic mudminnow is found in a handful of Washington watersheds...and nowhere else on Earth. Why haven’t you heard more about this air-slurping, wigwagging, icon of the Pacific Northwest? You’re about to.

The Seattle Aquarium is unraveling the secret of seal spit. By analyzing harbor seal saliva, Aquarium scientists can better understand hormonal trends and make smart decisions about our animals’ reproductive health.

Southern resident killer whales are endangered. How do we ensure they have the food they need to survive? The mysteries of their dietary preferences lie in what they leave behind.

In the last century and a half, the marine environment has become a very noisy place. For sound-sensitive animals like whales and dolphins, how does this cacophony affect their bodies and behaviors? What is our responsibility for the altered soundscapes we’ve created and their impact on the animals with which we share the Sound?

When a young sea otter is diagnosed with asthma after a reaction to wildfire smoke, we start to see how environmental health affects the entire ecosystem. Learn more about what this case study can teach us about One Health.

Discover Science Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, November 14-15

Bring the family to explore science together through exciting interactive experiments and presentations. Meet scientists and researchers from the Aquarium as well as other organizations in the community to learn about current projects, as well as why and how the research is being conducted.

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

Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15

Time

Activity

Location

11:30am

Seal/Sea Otter Science

Marine Mammal Exhibit

11:30am

Ocean Eploration Diver Show

Window on Washington Waters

Noon

Octopus Investigation

Octopus Exhibit

12:15pm

Ocean Exploration Diver Show

Window on Washington Waters

2pm

Seal/Sea Otter Science

Marine Mammal Exhibit

3pm

Ocean Exploration Diver Show

Window on Washington Waters

4pm

Octopus Investigation

Octopus Exhibit