Lecture Series


All lectures take place online via ZOOM on the designated day.
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Upcoming Lectures

Sunday, March 14, 2021, 3 pm
"What Can Puffins Tell Us about the Impact
of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystems?"

John F. Piatt, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Seabird and Forage Fish Ecology Program Leader
USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage AK
The Zoom lecture is FREE 

John’s talk will focus on Tufted Puffins in Alaska, how the composition of their diets reflects long-term cycles in marine climate, and how puffins and other seabirds reacted to the strong marine heatwave (“The Blob”) in 2014-2016.

Dr. Piatt got hooked on seabirds in the 1970s while working on a large puffin colony in Newfoundland. Following stints as a summer naturalist at a gannet colony, and surveying birds and whales off the coasts of Labrador and Baffin Island, he turned in the 1980s to studies of the ecological relationships between capelin (a marine smelt), cod, seabirds, and whales for his Ph.D. at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Lured to Alaska in 1987 to study auklets in the Bering Sea, Dr. Piatt remained to work there for 34 more years on seabirds and marine food webs and is now a senior research scientist at the USGS Alaska Science Center. His current research focuses on the overarching role of ocean climate in regulating the abundance and quality of the forage fish that support seabird populations.

More info about the lecturer and his research program: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/asc/science/seabirds-and-forage-fish-ecology
Contact: jpiatt@usgs.gov

Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:30 pm
Deep Dive Conversation with John Piatt

In addition to the lecture, you can join the Deep Dive Conversation,
a science-cafe style, moderated discussion, with John Piatt.
Registration is limited to 20.
Deep Dive Conversation is $5.

Lectures are FREE 
(Please RSVP to event to receive ZOOM link via email.)

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Previous Lectures
These lectures are available on YouTube

"In Deeper Waters: Exploring Earth's Largest, Yet Least Understood, Biome"
Lecture presented on November 8, 2020,
by Dr. Christopher Kelley

Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory
University of Hawai'i
YouTube link

"Immersions in the World of Kelp"
Lecture presented on December 13, 2020,
by Betsy Peabody

Executive director of Puget Sound Restoration Fund
YouTube link

"What Eelgrass and Other Marine Vegetation Can Tell Us about the Future of the Ocean”
Lecture presented on January 10, 2021
by Dr. Ronald Thom
Staff Scientist Emeritus
Marine Sciences Lab,
Pacific Northwest National Lab
YouTube link