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NightSchool: Heartless, Brainless, Lungless
Jellies have no hearts, brains, or lungs, and are made up of 95% water—how interesting can they be? Find out during an evening with venomologist Anna Klompen, science writer Juli Berwald, Academy biologist Riah Evin, and science illustrator Nick Bezio.
- Juli Berwald is a longtime lover of marine invertebrates, a PhD in ocean science, and the author of Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone. She’ll talk about the mysteries and ecological impacts of jellies, traveling the world to find blooms, and maybe even share a jelly-themed limerick or two.
- Jelly venom is deadly—that’s common knowledge—but how does it compare to other animal venoms? Evolutionary biologist Anna ML Klompen breaks down the science of toxins, stinging cells, and infamous jelly myths.
- Go behind-the-scenes of the Academy’s Steinhart Aquarium with biologist Riah Evin and get a crash course in jelly lifecycles and propagation and learn more about your favorite Academy species.
- Science illustrator Nick Bezio talks about “Jellyfish of the World,” his illustrated guide designed to help us better understand jellies and how to coexist with them.
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