Science Pub Portland: Exploring Ocean Worlds

MAR 19, 2019 | 7-9PM

Exploring Ocean Worlds

With Jenny Woodman, Executive Director at Proteus Science Communication, and Science Communication Fellow for Oceanographer Robert Ballard's Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus

March 19, 2019 | Doors Open @ 5PM 




$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets will be available online or at the OMSI front desk until 2pm the day of the event; see below for details.


Every day at sea, a small number of scientific explorers unearth remarkable underwater ecosystems that change our understanding of biodiversity in places we once thought void of life. Until living organisms were discovered at hydrothermal vents, we thought nothing could live where the sun’s rays couldn’t penetrate. Today, studies of chemosynthetic communities are shaping plans for future space missions. Ocean exploration here on Earth will eventually take humans to distant ocean worlds.


Jenny Woodman served as the lead science communication fellow on a recent joint mission with NASA, NOAA, and the Ocean Exploration Trust to explore the Lōihi Seamount. This active underwater volcano off the coast of Hawai`i served as an analog for conditions scientists expect to find on Saturn’s moon Enceladus and Jupiter’s moon Europa. If the scientists are right, these icy moons are home to hydrothermal vents and microbial mats – to processes and tiny lifeforms that could prove, once and for all, we are not the only living organisms in the universe.


In this talk, Woodman will introduce attendees to the people working to know our ocean and instill a sense of wonder about deep sea exploration, perhaps helping people to care a little bit more about our ocean world.


Jenny Woodman is a Portland-based writer and educator who has spent the last two summers at sea, observing a wildlife survey in National Marine Sanctuaries on the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada and supporting robotic exploration of the deep sea aboard Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus. When she’s not trying to get back on ships, she keeps busy serving as executive director of Proteus Science Communication, a nonprofit dedicated to building science literacy through storytelling and informal education.



OMSI Science Pub at the Empirical Theater is a ticketed event. To guarantee a seat at this event, please buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase until 2:00pm the day of the event. Please show your ticket at the theater entrance upon arrival.


If the event sells out, we will update the website and Facebook listings accordingly. If the event does not sell out in advance, attendance will be first-come, first-served at the door and at-the-door admission will remain a suggested donation.

Science Pub OMSI is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email:


Pizza and salads will be available in our restaurant, Theory, and sandwichs and snacks from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance and find a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm.


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