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94118
415.379.8000
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Brilliant!Science: Incredible Ocean

Brilliant!Science: Incredible Ocean

From March 15–30, dive into Brilliant!Science: Incredible Ocean, a festival celebrating some of the most biodiverse habitats on our planet—and their role as a vital source of food for both humans and marine animals.

Festival Information

For millennia, humans have traveled across the surface of our planet’s oceans—and yet, even today, relatively little is known about the world under the waves. Brilliant!Science: Incredible Ocean highlights the richness and diversity of life found along the California Coast. Join us as we explore the intertidal zones, rocky reefs, and the Farallon Islands to learn what makes this region so productive—and how we can work to protect this vital resource. Festival programming includes lectures and informal talks, photography workshops, an ocean-themed NightLife event for adults 21+, a weekend of family fun, and more.

Programs and Events

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Eye-Opening Science: The Changing Oceans

Ocean Acidification

Saturday, March 15, 9:00–11:00 am | Boardroom

Speakers: Dr. Geerat Vermeij, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Davis; Dr. Jonathon Stillman, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University; Dr. Peter Roopnarine, Curator, California Academy of Sciences

In addition to global climate change, one of the consequences of increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is that this gas is dissolving into the world’s oceans, creating ever more acidic conditions. Many organisms that use calcium carbonate minerals to build skeletons and shells are vulnerable to this acidification, and changing oceans are already affecting the oyster and fisheries industries. What is the current state of the world’s oceans? How serious is ocean acidification likely to become? How will it affect marine food webs and our ability to derive sustainable seafood from the oceans?

Moderated by Dr. Terry Gosliner, Dean of Science and Research Collections, California Academy of Sciences.

Reservations: Lecture tickets: Adults, $35; Members, $25; Seniors, $25. Series tickets: Adults, $90; Members, $70; Seniors, $70. Coffee, tea, and pastries provided. Ticket does not include museum admission. Please enter through the business entrance on Nancy Pelosi Drive.

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Where the life of the party is life itself!

Under the Sea NightLife (ages 21+)

Thursday, March 20, 6:00–10:00 pm | Throughout the museum

A new, after-hours science adventure unfolds every Thursday night at the Academy. On March 20, NightLife takes revelers below the surface of the sea with Academy scuba experts, exhibits of stunning underwater photography, sustainable seafood at the Moss Room restaurant, and so much more. Set out with friends with cocktails in hand and wonder in your eyes—only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.

Reservations: Adults, $12; Members, $10. Tickets available online or at the door.

Purchase tickets and learn more

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Eye-Opening Science: The Changing Oceans

California’s Network of Marine Protected Areas

Saturday, March 22, 9:00–11:00 am | Boardroom

Speakers: Dr. Peter Raimondi, Professor of Geology, UC Santa Cruz; Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Citizen Science Research Coordinator, California Academy of Sciences; Dr. Peter Roopnarine, Curator, California Academy of Sciences

California’s coastal waters are home to one of the four richest temperate marine biotas in the world. As impacts of human activity have placed increasing pressure on local marine ecosystems, California has pioneered the establishment of marine protected areas. These protected areas have recently been expanded to further ensure the preservation of marine biodiversity. How was that process developed? How do these protections support marine food webs and the continued health of these areas? How are we monitoring California’s marine biodiversity? And which future threats are of greatest concern?

Moderated by Dr. Terry Gosliner, Dean of Science and Research Collections, California Academy of Sciences.

Reservations: Adults, $35; Members, $25; Seniors, $25. Series tickets: Adults, $90; Members, $70; Seniors, $70. Coffee, tea, and pastries provided. Ticket does not include museum admission. Please enter through the business entrance on Nancy Pelosi Drive.

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children and fish at the California Academy of Sciences

Family Festival: Incredible Ocean

Saturday and Sunday, March 22–23 | Piazza

Explore the Incredible Ocean through informative, interactive programs for the whole family. Learn how understanding food webs helps local efforts to protect marine life through family-friendly activities from the Coral Reef Alliance, Friends of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, SF Bay American Cetacean Society, The Watershed Project, Teen Advocates for Science Communication, Sea Forager, The Marine Mammal Center, Marine Science Institute, and Aquarium of the Bay; watch a sustainable-seafood demo by Academy chef William Pilz; catch a water-themed performance by the USF Dance Generators; join Friends of the SF Public Library for a special story-time; get your photo snapped in the Thank You Ocean photo booth; and more!

An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed

Author Talk: Artist and Writer Josie Iselin

An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed

Monday, March 24, 7:00 pm | Book Passage in Corte Madera

Author/photographer Josie Iselin’s latest work, An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed, celebrates the unexpected beauty of seaweed, an often overlooked but fundamental aspect of ocean life—and one that is often overharvested. Produced on a flatbed scanner, Iselin’s vibrant portraits reveal the exquisite color and extraordinary forms of more than 200 specimens gathered from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts, as well as material from the California Academy of Sciences’ Invertebrate Zoology and Geology Collections.

Reservations: This free program takes place at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925.

octopus illustration

Special Lecture: David Liittschwager, National Geographic Photographer

A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity

Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 pm | Tusher African Hall

Award-winning photographer David Liittschwager travels to habitats across the planet to document the riotous and interconnected life contained in one cubic foot. In each location, Liittschwager first sets down a metal cube—then, working with local scientists, he photographs all the life that moves through the cube over the course of 24 hours, creating individual portraits of the animals and plant life visible to the naked eye. From the tropical waters off Moorea, French Polynesia to the waters right under our own Golden Gate Bridge, Liittschwager—also a judge for the Academy’s international Big Picture photography competition—captures the stunning diversity of life on Earth. Book signing to follow.

In partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Reservations: Adults, $12; Members, free; Seniors, $10. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (877) 227-1831.

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volunteer in the field

BioBlitz: Golden Gate National Parks

Friday and Saturday, March 28 & 29

A BioBlitz involves teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members working together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible—work that helps to document our own local ecology and the diversity and food webs it supports. This year, the Academy is pleased to be partnering with the National Park Service, Parks Conservancy, and National Geographic on a special BioBlitz effort in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which includes a biodiversity festival at Crissy Field.

Sign up or learn more

sun on horizon of shoreline

Eye-Opening Science: The Changing Oceans

California’s Changing Oceans

Saturday, March 29, 9:00–11:00 am | Boardroom

Speakers: Dr. David Lindberg, Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley; Dr. John Pearse, Professor Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz; Dr. Peter Roopnarine, Curator, California Academy of Sciences

Throughout evolutionary history, California’s oceans have undergone tremendous changes in temperature and in the biotas—and food webs—they support. With the increasing density of human populations, other changes have been occurring that impact the dynamics of our local ecosystems. What changes have we seen historically? What are the biggest changes brought about by humans? What can Californians do to limit the human-caused changes we are witnessing?

Moderated by Dr. Terry Gosliner, Dean of Science and Research Collections, California Academy of Sciences

Reservations: Adults, $35; Members, $25, Seniors, $25. Series tickets: Adults, $90; Members, $70; Seniors, $70. Coffee, tea, and pastries provided. Ticket does not include museum admission. Please enter through the business entrance on Nancy Pelosi Drive.

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Conservation Photography Class and Excursion

Whale Watching in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Day 1: Saturday, March 29, 1:00–4:00 pm | Boardroom
Day 2: Sunday, March 30, 8:00 am–12:00 pm | Boat departs from Half Moon Bay

Presenters: Gary Sharlow, Photographer & Education Manager, California Academy of Sciences, and Isidore Szczepaniak, Marine Biologist, Oceanic Society

The annual gray whale migration is one of the world’s most magnificent and accessible wildlife spectacles. Each spring, thousands of gray whales migrate from their breeding and calving waters off Baja, California to their summer feeding grounds off the Alaskan coast. Their migration pathway closely follows the California coastline, providing outstanding opportunities for coastal whale watching and photography as pods pass through the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Reservations: Members, $150; General, $175. Participants must be 18+ unless chaperoned by a parent or guardian; no children under 12. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (877) 227-1831.

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Museum Hours

   

Monday - Saturday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased up to an hour before closing.

The Academy is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Location

   

55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000

info@calacademy.org

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