Lecture Series


Our lecture series, The Future of Oceans, draws on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans.

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Upcoming Lectures

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center continues the lecture series by welcoming Lynda Mapes.

"Southern Resident Killer Whales:
Status, Trends, Solutions”

Sunday, October 17
3 p.m.
via ZOOM

Lynda Mapes
Author, Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home
Seattle Times

The southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound are unique in the world and one of the most ancient and intelligent animal societies on Earth. In this talk Lynda Mapes, environment reporter for the Seattle Times and author of the newly-released book Orca: Shared Waters Shared Home, will explore and explain the natural history and biology of the southern resident orcas and what makes these families of orcas in our midst so special. She will explain the risks that threaten their survival, and discuss solutions to this extinction crisis. 

Lynda V. Mapes is a reporter at the Seattle Times, where she specializes in coverage of the environment. Over the course of her career she has won numerous awards, including the international 2019 and 2012 Kavli gold award for science journalism from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest professional science association.

She has written five books, including Elwha, a River Reborn about the largest dam removal project ever in history and the effort to revive a wilderness watershed in Washington’s Olympic National Park, and its once legendary salmon runs. In 2013-14 Lynda was awarded a 9-month Knight fellowship in Science Journalism at MIT. In 2014-15, she was a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest, exploring the human and natural history of a single, 100-year old oak to write Witness Tree, published by the University of Washington Press in 2019. Her book on the southern resident orca whales’ struggle to survive was published by the Seattle Times and Braided River on June 1, 2021. In addition to her staff position as lead environment reporter at the Seattle Times, Lynda is an associate of the Harvard Forest of Harvard University, in Petersham, MA. She was recognized by NOAA Fisheries in 2016 with the prestigious Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award for her reporting on fish and habitat. She lives in Seattle.

More info about the lecturer and her book:

Check out the interactive exhibit based on her book, now at PTMSC through 2021: 


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2020-2021 Lecture Recordings

You can watch-- or watch again-- any of the speakers from the previous series.
Our thanks to Dr. Christopher Kelly, Betsy Peabody, Dr. Ronald Thom, and John F. Piatt, Ph.D. for sharing their expertise with us during our first virtual series in 2020-2021.

"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 

"What Can Puffins Tell Us about the Impact of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystems?"
Lecture presented on March 14, 2021
by John F. Piatt, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Seabird and Forage Fish Ecology Program Leader,
USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage AK
YouTube link