Science Lectures

Please join Point Reyes National Seashore staff for Science Lectures, 45 minute presentations on scientific research being performed at Point Reyes and elsewhere in the California. Science Lectures are sponsored by the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center at Point Reyes National Seashore. They usually occur at noon on many Thursdays throughout the year and are normally held at the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore's Headquarters. All are welcome and admission is free.

To get to the Red Barn Classroom, follow the Directions to get to the Bear Valley Visitor Center. After turning off of Bear Valley Road, proceed up the two-lane, paved driveway toward the Bear Valley Visitor Center. You will see the Red Barn on the left and after about 0.1 miles, there is a brown road sign pointing left to the Red Barn Classroom. Turn left on to the gravel driveway and proceed across the bridge to the parking lot. The Red Barn Classroom is on the end closest to this parking lot.


Upcoming Brown Bag Lectures:

Black Abalone. Photo by Katie Booth/NPS.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Title: "The North and South of it, Black Abalone Presence in the California National Parks"
Presenter: Kari Eckdahl, M.S., California State University, Fullerton (Former PRNSA Intern)
Time: Noon


Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Title: "Overgrowth of eelgrass by an invasive tunicate in Tomales Bay"
Presenter: Holly Long, M.S., Bodega Marine Lab - UC Davis, Mosaic Associates
Time: Noon
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Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Title: "Climate change and conservation in the Bay Area: Visualizing the future"
Presenter: David Ackerly, Ph.D., Professor, UC Berkeley
Time: Noon
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Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Title: "Coastal Paleontology Monitoring at Point Reyes"
Presenter: Lillian Pearson, Geological Society of America Intern, Point Reyes National Seashore Association Intern, UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology
Time: Noon


Some of our Brown Bag Lectures earlier this year included:

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria). Two red mushrooms with white spots. © Debbie Viess.

Fly Agaric (<em>Amanita muscaria</em>).

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015
Title: 10th Annual Point Reyes Fungus Fair
Location: Bear Valley Visitor Center auditorium
Schedule of Speakers:

11:00 am "Forest Fires and Fungi: Losers, Winners, and Strategies" by Dr. Tom Bruns
12:30 pm "The Art and History of Mushroom Dyes" by Dorothy Beebee
2:00 pm "Zen and the Art of Mushroom Hunting" by Debbie Viess

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Date: Thursday, January 8, 2015
Title: "The Study of Indigenous Landscape Management Practices in Central California: An Eco-Archaeological Approach."
Presenter: Dr. Kent Lightfoot, UC Berkeley

Female Anna's hummingbird in a hand. © University of California, Davis: Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program.

Female Anna's hummingbird.

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Title: "The Ins and Outs of Banding Hummingbirds and Potential Research Initiatives"
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Tell, from the Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program at UC Davis


Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Topic: Patti Trimble, featured artist in the exhibition of women environmental artists, "Connections," will talk about her painting and study of endangered plants of California. Co-sponsored by Art Contemporary Marin.

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Title: "Whales, Walruses, and Sea Cows: Paleontologic Investigations of the Purisima Formation at Point Reyes National Seashore"
Presenter: Robert W. Boessenecker, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Otago, New Zealand and Research Associate, University of California Museum of Paleontology

Researcher carrying a 20+-foot pole, on the end of which is a camera used for high resolution aerial mapping of the rocky intertidal zone.

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Title: "Viewing sea stars from the sky: High resolution aerial mapping of the rocky intertidal zone"
Presenter: Victoria Kentner, from the Point Reyes National Seashore Association


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For more information about the Brown Bag Lectures, contact Ben Becker at 415-464-5187 or by email.

Ocean Film and Lecture Series
June 12, 2009 Ocean Film Series Flyer (124 KB PDF)
Ocean Lecture Series April 2008 flyer (143 KB PDF)

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