Science Pub Portland: Plankton

JUNE 18, 2019 | 7-9PM

We still have plenty of tickets to tonight’s Science Pub event. We hope to see you soon!


Plankton: The Importance of Small Things

With Paul North, Polar Expedition Diver & Director of Meet the Ocean

June 18, 2019 | Doors Open @ 5PM 


Please Note: OMSI's restaurant, Theory will not be open for this event.


$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.


The genesis of the marine food web begins at the microscopic level. In this talk, Paul North, director of the educational nonprofit Meet the Ocean will example the variety of minute creatures that exist in the ocean water column and describe the vital role they play in sustaining the life cycles of our planet. Though small and often outside of common consideration, plankton are the engineers of life as we know it. From the food we consume to the air that we breathe, their importance is undeniable.


Paul North is the director of Meet the Ocean - an educational nonprofit devoted to educating the public on the importance of our planet’s saltwater ecosystems. He has logged over 200 dives in the Southern Ocean working as Undersea Specialist with Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic. His collaboration with scientist Skye Moret - Antarctica: A Chromatic Paradox won the National Science Foundation’s Visualization Challenge and was published in Popular Science magazine in April 2016. Combining storytelling and science, Meet the Ocean releases a monthly podcast, hosted by North, in hopes to mix education with entertainment to awaken audiences to the realities facing our planet.


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:


Sandwiches, hotdogs, snacks and beverages are available from the Empirical Café. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm.


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