March 2017
Blue Mind

Thursday, March 30, 2017
7 p.m. Refreshments, 7:30 p.m. Program
Lecture Hall, Monterey Boatworks, Hopkins Marine Station
Pacific Grove (Across from American Tin Cannery Outlet Stores)
Speaker: Wallace J Nichols

Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols is currently a Senior Fellow at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies’ Center for the Blue Economy, a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and co-founder of several non-profit organizations. He is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. He also likes turtles (a lot).

To book Dr. Nichols as a speaker at your event or to organize a Blue Mind workshop for your organization, please email info@wallacejnichols.org.

 

February 2017
The role of krill in the food web

Thursday, February 23, 2017
7 p.m. Refreshments, 7:30 p.m. Program
Lecture Hall, Monterey Boatworks, Hopkins Marine Station
Pacific Grove (Across from American Tin Cannery Outlet Stores)
Speaker: Dr. Baldo Marinovic

Dr. Baldo Marinovic, a research biologist at UCSC’s Institute of Marine Sciences, studies zooplankton ecology and the dynamics of ocean food webs.

Since 1997, he has been conducting surveys in Monterey Bay to understand what determines the distribution, abundance, and species composition of krill, tiny shrimp-like invertebrates that are a crucial link in the Bay’s food web.

Krill are an important food source for many species of fish and seabirds, as well as for the Bay’s largest visitors, the majestic blue, fin, and humpback whales.

Marinovic’s research has led to a better understanding of what makes Monterey Bay such a productive and biologically rich ecosystem.


January 2017
The (Not So) Secret Lives of Humpback Whales on their Breeding/Calving Grounds

Thursday, January 26, 2017
7 p.m. Refreshments, 7:30 p.m. Program
Lecture Hall, Monterey Boatworks, Hopkins Marine Station
Pacific Grove (Across from American Tin Cannery Outlet Stores)
Speaker: Jodi Frediani

Each year, humpback whales migrate from their temperate feeding grounds to the tropics where they breed and calve. However, no one has ever observed humpback whales mating or giving birth (well, maybe once off Madagascar). So what exactly do they do in those tropical waters? Join local wildlife photographer, Jodi Frediani, to learn more about humpback whale behavior when they are far away from Monterey Bay and their other feeding grounds.

Jodi will share her knowledge and observations gleaned from more than 11 months spent on calving grounds of the North Atlantic and South Pacific humpback whales. She’ll even include stories about individual whales she has come to know. Her presentation will be illustrated with her outstanding photographic images, taken both topside and underwater. Jodi’s passion for whales and photography is palpable and contagious. Come learn about competitive ‘rowdy’ groups, dancing whales, singers, and what moms and calves do during those long months when mom undertakes a total fast, while nursing junior.

Jodi Frediani worked for 35 years as an environmental forest and watershed consultant and animal trainer. Her passions include photography, animals and anything to do with water. She first picked up a camera at age 12 and has been photographing animals ever since. For the past 7 years, she has focused on marine species of Monterey Bay, and for the last 15 seasons Jodi has been swimming with and photographing the North Atlantic humpback whales in the warm waters of the Silver Bank Marine Mammal Sanctuary, Dominican Republic. She has also spent time swimming with and photographing humpback whales in Tonga.

Her images have been featured in local and regional papers, in national media such as The Atlantic and Wired.com, on BBC’s “Nature’s Weirdest Events” and in Carl Safina’s National Geographic blog, “Ocean Views.” Jodi’s work can be seen at www.jodifrediani.com.

Please join us for refreshments before the program begins.

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Jodi Frediani Photography