Oceanographer Lisa Levin next in Birch lecture series


The Birch Aquarium’s winter lecture series continues on Dec. 12 with biological oceanographer Lisa A. Levin speaking on “A New Imperative for Deep-Ocean Stewardship.”

Her talk is the next one in the Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series with scientists from and connected to Scripps Institution of Oceanography UCSD taking about research they are conducting around the world.

Levin will talk about “how changes in ocean temperature and chemistry, as well as growing economic opportunities, are placing new pressures on deep-ocean ecosystems.,” according to a press release.

Postdoctoral researcher Octavio Aburto-Oropeza will be the second speaker on Jan. 9, when he discusses “Marine Protected Areas: A Success Story.” He will share information about Cabo Pulmo National Park, a thriving undersea reserve near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, which has experienced a 460 percent increase in its fish population since 1999.

The series wraps up on Feb. 13 with NOAA marine biologist Heidi Dewar talking about

“Fish & Chips: Using High-Tech Tools to Learn More About Fish.”

She will detail discoveries researchers have made and how these high-tech efforts have advanced ocean management and conservation.

Perspectives lectures are intended for a lay audience. Birch Aquarium admission and parking are included. Light refreshments will be served.

Past lectures can be found on YouTube. Learn more at