Downtown Science Café @ Magpie's Gourmet Pizza

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Series Title: Our Blue Planet: Ocean Science Finds Answers

Humans live on land, yet we depend on the world’s oceans for our survival. Fully 71% of the Earth’s surface is ocean! That’s why Earth is called the Blue Planet. Those vast bodies of water help to keep our planet cool, they balance the chemistry of our atmosphere, they drive the water cycle that brings us rain and snow. Not only are oceans crucial for the health of the planet, they are also home to a marvelous abundance of species and ecosystems, a cradle of life. Join us for this science café series to explore the Science of Oceans.



Fall 2019 Science Café Presenters:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 6:00PM

Life In Our Oceans: the Ecology That Sustains a Planet

Dr. Lynn CarterPresenter: Dr. Katrina Mangin, Lecturer, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

Life began in the oceans, and has thrived there for billions of years. All those marine species, from plankton to porpoises, have evolved in complex interdependence, what science calls marine ecosystems. In this Café, Dr. Mangin will introduce the topic of marine ecosystems and talk about her discovery of the samurai hydroid, a marine animal related to corals and anemones.





Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:00PM

Creating Stewards for the Future of the Sea of Cortez

Presenter: Peggy Turk-Boyer, Executive Director Emeritus and Founder, Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO)

The once abundant life in the Sea of Cortez, one of the planet’s most treasured ecosystems, is at risk. The only hope for a sustainable future rests in a collective effort to save the Sea, including everyone from fishermen to students to tourists. For the past 40 years, CEDO, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans, a binational environmental organization based in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and Tucson, has been working collaboratively to achieve a healthy and sustainable Sea of Cortez. Today, hundreds of thousands of stewards are making a difference. But is it enough? Find out in this Café presentation from CEDO’s founder and leading authority on the Sea of Cortez, Peggy Turk-Boyer.




Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:00PM

Managing Marine Ecosystems for a Sustainable Future

Presenter: Lynn Massey, Fishery Management Specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Our ocean ecosystems are under stress from many human activities, yet we have the scientific knowledge and ecosystem management tools to guide our marine ecosystems back to health. In this Café, Lynn Massey from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (and a UA graduate), will talk about her work on the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem, and the how the United States manages commercial fisheries off the West Coast. 




Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:00PM

Building Resilient Reefs: Biosphere 2 and Beyond

Presenter: Katie Morgan, Manager of Marine Systems, Biosphere 2, University of Arizona

Biosphere 2, the world’s Largest Earth Science Research Laboratory, explores how to use its 1 million gallon ocean tank to contribute to solutions for the world’s coral reef crisis. Working alongside a dynamic group of partners, the Biosphere 2 Ocean research team is engineering a resistant and resilient reef that will withstand future climate scenarios and stressors. Learn about the future of the world’s reefs in this final Café of the Oceans series! 






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