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Science on Tap

Monthly on the last Wednesday of the month.

Come one, come all to the “science café” in Santa Cruz. This event is designed to connect the Santa Cruz community to the latest research happening just up the hill at U.C. Santa Cruz.  It is not an exclusive “club meeting” for scientists and science majors - we aim to appeal to all audiences! So come join us at the MAH, grab a beer, relax, and hear some interesting and cutting-edge science that’s happening near you!

Science on Tap is based on the Nova and Sigma Xi "science café" model and is generally on the last Wednesday of every month.

From Healthy Whales to Healthy Oceans
From Healthy Whales to Healthy Oceans
May 22, 2024, 8:00 PM
Santa Cruz
In this lecture, I will share our path to studying the underwater behavior of whales and how this has led us to better understand the ecological role of whales in ocean ecosystems.

From Healthy Whales to

Healthy Oceans

 

Baleen whales are some of the largest animals that have ever existed on our planet. They have enormous energetic needs that can only be satisfied by feeding on large schools of dense prey that are patchily distributed in the oceans. Using a suite of emerging technologies we have developed new tools that allow us to better estimate how much baleen whales consume and how this then leads to baleen whales acting as ecosystem engineers by recycling critical nutrients that stimulate primary productivity. Thus, given their energetic needs, the presence of whales reflects a healthy and functioning marine ecosystem that is in past sustained by the recycling of nutrients that whales produce. In this lecture, I will share our path to studying the underwater behavior of whales and how this has led us to better understand the ecological role of whales in ocean ecosystems.

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Who: Everyone! Not just scientists!
When: Last Wednesday of the month at 8:00 pm (schedule subject to change due to weather/availability, see newsletter for up to date information)
Where: Behind the Museum of Art and History (MAH), 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz

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