Birch Aquarium details Fall Evening Lecture Series

Cathy Constable, Scripps research deputy director and geophysicist, will discuss "Earth's Magnetic Field: From Satellites to Reversals" on Nov. 8. Photo courtesy Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Seismic activity along the San Andres Fault will be discussed in the upcoming lecture series at Birch Aquarium. Courtesy: NOAA

Earthquakes and Earth’s magnetic field will be explored during the Birch Aquarium’s Fall Evening Lecture Series, beginning Sept. 13.

The three-part series features researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD talking about “Earth’s mysteries.” The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series is aimed at lay audiences.

Each program runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way.

Here’s what’s planned.

  • Sept. 13: “Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Physics of Earthquakes.”
    Scripps physical oceanographer Kevin Brown will describe the phenomena that we experience as earthquakes and relate what scientists understand about the physics of the events. He’ll talk about techniques that he and his colleagues are using to better understand when, where and how earthquakes occur.
  • Oct. 11: “Earthquakes in Southern California: A View from Space”
    Yuri Fialko, a Scripps geoscientist, will discuss what we know about earthquakes and the slow tectonic deformation that causes them.
  • Nov. 8: “Earth’s Magnetic Field: From Satellites to Reversals”
    Cathy Constable, Scripps research deputy director and geophysicist, will talk about the magnetosphere and how Scripps is contributing to the ever-growing understanding of Earth’s magnetism.

Tickets are $8 for the public and $5 for students and educators. R.S.V.P. at (858) 534-5771. Parking is included with Birch Aquarium admission. Light refreshments are available.

Past lectures air on UCSD-TV and are broadcast to more than 16 million viewers via satellite and cable television. Archived lectures also can be found online. For more information, visit

— Light Staff

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