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Explore the ocean through a collection of Smithsonian sponsored lectures from scientists and ocean enthusiasts who discuss current research and how it is helping to change the tide in ocean science and conservation.

Ocean Lectures Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History

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Explore the ocean through a collection of Smithsonian sponsored lectures from scientists and ocean enthusiasts who discuss current research and how it is helping to change the tide in ocean science and conservation.

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    Climate, Oceans, and Human Health: The Cholera Paradigm

    Climate, Oceans, and Human Health: The Cholera Paradigm

    With the recent cholera outbreaks in Haiti, the impact of climate change on communicable diseases is becoming a major public health issue. Join use for the third installment of the Changing Tides lecture series, featuring Dr. Rita Colwell, a former director of the National Science Foundation and Distinguished University Professor at both the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Colwell's research looks at the connection between the ocean and human health, in particular waterborne infectious diseases, such as Cholera. This lecture was presented February 24, 2011.

    • 1 tim. 22 min
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    New Findings on the Effects of Noise on Whale and Dolphin Behavior

    New Findings on the Effects of Noise on Whale and Dolphin Behavior

    Marine mammals around the world face many challenges due to interactions with people, from overfishing and entanglement to vessel strikes and disturbance from human sounds. Dr. Brandon Southall discusses recent findings from SOCAL‐10, a research project about the effects of noise on the behavior of whales and dolphins. This presentation was recorded at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on Jan. 6, 2011. Learn more in Dr. Southall's guest blog post on the Ocean Portal.

    • 1 tim. 16 min
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    One Year After the Gulf Oil Spill

    One Year After the Gulf Oil Spill

    On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, opening up a well that pumped nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean. It was the largest spill in U.S. history. In this presentation given at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History on April 19, 2011, experts discuss oil spill remediation, wildlife rescue, and the health of the Gulf of Mexico and its fisheries one year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began:

    * Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History: Discussion Modertaor
    * Dr. David Hollander, University of South Florida: The fate of the oil and its impact
    * Dr. Judilee Marrow, National Zoo: Rescuing Gulf Coast wildlife
    * Dr. John Stein, NOAA: Gulf seafood and fisheries
    * Dr. James Bonner, Clarkson University: Oil spill clean-up

    The panel presentation is part of the "Changing Tides: A Series of Ocean Discussions" in which top ocean scientists explain current research and how it is helping to change the tide in ocean science and conservation.

    • 2 tim. 4 min
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    Predicting a Hurricane's Path of Destruction

    Predicting a Hurricane's Path of Destruction

    Dr. Isaac Ginis presented "Eye on the Storm: Predicting a Hurricane's Path of Destruction", in October 2010. This second installment of the Changing Tides lecture series featured Dr. Isaac Ginis, a Professor of Oceanography at The University of Rhode Island and an expert in hurricane modeling. Dr. Ginis discussed how scientists observe, model, and forecast hurricanes around the world. You can also read his "Ingredients of a Hurricane" post on the Ocean Portal blog.

    • 1 tim. 38 min
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    Race Against Time: Efforts to Protect the Critically Endangered Monk Seal

    Race Against Time: Efforts to Protect the Critically Endangered Monk Seal

    Monk seals -- the only completely tropical species of seal in the world -- are in trouble. Centuries of human exploitation and habitat destruction have caused the remaining populations of Mediterranean monk seals (Monachus monachus) and Hawaiian monk seals (Monachus schauinslandi) to drop to perilously low numbers, while the Caribbean monk seal (Monachus tropicalis) has become extinct.

    Working from opposite sides of the world, scientists from Greece and the U.S. are in a race against time to save the remaining monk seals. Hear about their work in this webcast, recorded on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

    Dr. Alexandros Karamanlidis discuss his organization's efforts to research the Mediterranean monk seals. Karamanlidis is the scientific coordinator for the MOm/Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal. It's a non-profit organization with more than 20 years of experience in the research and conservation of Mediterranean monk seals in Greece and abroad.

    Researchers at MOm have gained rare insights in the biology and behavior of the Mediterranean monk seal, including recent innovative technology that has enabled the seals to be monitored remotely inside their breeding caves. In this webcast, Karamanlidis shares rare footage of a baby monk seal being born in the wild. His organization's current and future collaborations with U.S. scientists studying Hawaiian monk seals will provide important insights into new ways to help the two remaining species of monk seals survive into the future.

    • 1 tim.
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    Stories from the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

    Stories from the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

    The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef brings together mathematics, marine science, craft, and community activism in an effort to raise awareness about the threat to coral reefs worldwide. This discussion considers the impact of community projects on conservation efforts with:

    Margaret Wertheim, Co-Founder, The Institute for Figuring
    Rick MacPherson, Conservation Programs Director, Coral Reef Alliance
    Jennifer Lindsay, Programming Coordinator, The Smithsonian Community Reef
    Barbara Parker, Luther Place Memorial Church and N Street Village Community

    • 1 tim. 27 min

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