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Lightning Talks: Octopuses

Lightning Talks: Octopuses

When Thursday, February 18 at 6pm Pacific time

Don’t miss our next virtual Lightning Talks event—this one devoted to everyone’s favorite three-hearted, blue-blooded animal: the octopus!

Join us to learn more about these amazing animals during a series of fascinating, five-minute talks from octopus experts speaking on topics ranging from octopus research and conservation to their lives and care. You’ll come away from this event as enthralled with octopuses as our guest speakers are!

Registration will close at 4pm Pacific time on February 18. By registering, you'll receive a direct link to the broadcast after 4pm on the day of the event.

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Topics and Speakers


How do you tell the different between a dumbo (octopus) and a pancake (octopus)?

Stephanie Bush
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Are octopuses for eating or befriending?

Dr. Henry Carson
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Dr. Henry Carson grew up in Washington and has been snorkeling or diving in Puget Sound for over 30 years. He studied marine invertebrates in graduate and post-doctoral work in California and Hawaii before returning to Washington to take one of the best jobs that exists: leading the shellfish dive team at the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Kraken vs. the climate crisis

Qiaz Hua
University of Adelaide

Qiaz Hua grew up in Singapore where she graduated with a biomedical degree and worked in environmental research for 2.5 years. Well aware of the ongoing climate crisis and with a timely discovery of her love for the intelligent octopuses, she moved to South Australia where she is now in her second year of Ph.D. to study octopuses by combining the fields of molecular and marine biology.

Octopuses of the Seattle Aquarium: from collection to release 

Kathryn Kegel
Seattle Aquarium

Kathryn Kegel is a senior aquarist at the Seattle Aquarium were she has worked for 15 years as a member of the cold-water fish and invertebrate team.

Octopuses in Domestic and Wild Relationships

David Scheel
Alaska Pacific University

David Scheel is professor of marine biology at Alaska Pacific University. He is a behavioral ecologist with expertise in predator-prey relationships and cephalopod behavior.