Oceans: Our Blue Planet
Presented by BBC Earth, Oceans: Our Blue Planet takes audiences on a global odyssey to explore the largest and least explored habitat on earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed us to go further into the unknown than we ever thought possible.
From the coastline to deeper, more mysterious worlds, the untold stories of the oceans' most astonishing creatures are revealed. In the warm coastal shallows, viewers meet surfing dolphins, and an ingenious tusk fish that uses a tool to crack open its food. In the enchanted sea-forests, a cunning octopus uses shells as armour from predators.
As we journey through our oceans, we share these extraordinary discoveries and uncover a spectacular world of life beneath the waves.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Meet A Scientist: September
Included in General Admission | Current science gets up close and personal at Meet a Scientist. This program, held on most second and fourth Saturdays of each month, features local scientists who share their research and knowledge with you through hands-on activities and conversation. Meet a Scientist exclusively features professionals who are OMSI Science Communication Fellows.
September 14 Topics
September 28 Topics
- Explore how climate, weather, and fuels generate the wildfire cycle. Play with the climate and lightning roulettes and Andres' demo to make your own (imaginary) wildfire.
- Meet George K. and learn how viruses evolve to infect more cells.
- Immerse yourself in a lab experience with Taylor to learn about harmful algae in the water.
- Learn the fascinating and unique structure of the inner ear with George B. and discover how it tells different sounds apart.
- Explore the depths of the ocean as you discover new species of squid with Annie.
Science Pub Eugene: Cascadia Subduction Zone
Cascadia Subduction Zone and PNW: Beauty and the Beast
With Doug Toomey, PhD, Professor of Geophysics at the University of Oregon
October 10, 2019 | 6:30-8:30PM; Doors open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
The identity of the Pacific Northwest is rooted in its landscape and seascape. The beauty and natural bounty that defines our collective home also comes with risks — earthquakes, wildfires, landslides, floods, and volcanic eruptions — that pose threats to people, built infrastructure, and the economic vitality of the region. In addition to natural hazards, climatic changes are impacting the health of forests, the severity of wildfires, the quality and availability of water, and the impact of extreme weather events. How society understands, accepts, plans for and mitigates these hazards is vital to a resilient and prosperous future, not only for Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, but the entire Pacific Rim.
In this talk, geophysicist Doug Toomey will describe how onshore and offshore research using arrays of sensors improves understanding of the seismic hazard of Cascadia and illuminates the dynamic forces that shape the PNW landscape. Prof. Toomey will also discuss how the tools used for basic science are being repurposed to early warning systems for earthquakes and wildfires – the ShakeAlert and ALERTWildfire programs. This merger of basic and applied research is catalyzing public-private partnerships that underpin the emerging Internet of (Wild) Things.
Doug is a Professor of Geophysics at the University of Oregon, where he is the Director of the Oregon Hazards lab and principal investigator for the Oregon components of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, ShakeAlert, and ALERTWildfire. He is a pioneer in the use of ocean bottom seismology to explore tectonic plate boundaries and has led scientific expeditions in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean oceans, the Galápagos Archipelago, and the Oman ophiolite. On a stormy day in the North Atlantic, when the deployment of an ocean bottom seismometer went badly, Doug was able to prevent a shipmate from losing several fingers. Over twenty years later, they have 3 wonderful children, a beloved dog, never enough bikes, and they explore the PNW in an 87 Westy that Doug pretends he knows how to fix. His kids have been heard to say, “if we’re not cold, wet, hungry, and stranded, it’s not really an adventure.”
Science Pub Eugene is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or 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: email@example.com.
Science Pub Corvallis: Tsunami Travelers
Tsunami Travelers: What Have We Learned From This Mega-Rafting Event?
With Jessica Miller, PhD, Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University
October 14, 2019 | 6-8PM; Doors open @ 5PM | FREE, RSVP Required
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami launched a flood of debris across the Pacific Ocean. As pieces of wood, plastic boxes, buoys and even docks began to wash up on beaches, scientists scrambled to record the organisms that had successfully hitchhiked their way to the Pacific Northwest.
Jessica Miller was a member of the team that cataloged nearly 300 species of marine animals, many of which were not previously found in Oregon. She will discuss what she and her colleagues discovered.
The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public.
Due to the continuing popularity of Science Pub, we are implementing a ticketing/RSVP process. Please read the specifics below.
- Limit of two free tickets per person.
- Registration opens three weeks prior to each Science Pub and is limited to the first 100 tickets.
- Available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the link above or by calling 541-737-4717.
- Advanced registration recommended to guarantee a ticket/seat.
- Only register if you plan on attending please.
- If plans change, please cancel your reservation via your initial confirmation email or by calling 541-737-4717.
- Walk-ins welcome, but seating will not be guaranteed and is based on availability.
- Register for the Science Pub listserv by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-4717.
Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
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You can also listen to their podcasts at http://communications.oregonstate.edu/podcast.
Meet A Scientist: November
Included in General Admission | Current science gets up close and personal at Meet a Scientist. This program, held on the second Saturday of the month, features local scientists who share their research and knowledge with you through hands-on activities and conversation. Meet a Scientist exclusively features professionals who are OMSI Science Communication Fellows.
November 9 Topics
Come meet Chrissy and Daniel!
- Explore water samples and underwater food webs with Chrissy.
- Play the part of a sea ice scientist and use clues from incomplete data from satellites to map the Arctic Ocean.
Science Pub Portland: Rivers & Hydrology
A Random Walk Along the River: Vital Connections that Rivers Share with the Land, the Sky, and Us
With Sean W. Fleming, PhD, Chief Scientist, White Rabbit R&D LLC, and Courtesy Professor, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and Water Resources Graduate Program, Oregon State University
November 19, 2019 | Doors Open @ 6PM
Please Note: OMSI's restaurant, Theory will not be open for this event.
Rivers are everywhere and affect everything. When all goes well, they provide us with water, power, food, transportation, recreation, and beauty. And when things go wrong, they wipe out our homes or even bring poisoned water to our taps. But how much do we know about how rivers actually work? How can a river flood one year and dry up the next? Where do canyons come from? How do we make forecasts of floods and water supplies? How do changes in land use and climate impact our rivers? And how does the study of water flow across the landscape – known as hydrology – overlap with other natural and social sciences, from biology to finance, and astrophysics to conflict studies?
In this talk, environmental scientist Dr. Sean Fleming explores how math and physics can reveal the hidden secrets of rivers, offers insights into the deep relationships rivers have with landscapes, ecosystems, and people, and looks at the threats our rivers face and how we can best protect them over the long run.
Sean started out as an exploration geophysicist using methods from geology, digital signal processing, and physics to search for oil, gold, and diamonds. His attention soon turned instead to hydrology, glacier science, and climate, and subsequently to data analytics and complex systems in general. His experience spans two decades of field, technical, and managerial work in the private, public, academic, and NGO sectors in the US, Canada, England, and Mexico. He currently runs a Corvallis-based data science consultancy, White Rabbit R&D, working mainly on applications of artificial intelligence to predicting water quality and quantity. He is also an affiliate faculty member at Oregon State University and the University of British Columbia and has been involved in several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Sean is strongly active in science outreach, publishing a critically acclaimed general-audience book (Where the River Flows: Scientific Reflections on Earth’s Waterways) with Princeton University Press, engaging directly with the public through events like a Smithsonian lecture and a call-in NPR radio show, and writing for Scientific American and Wired.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 6pm.
For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: email@example.com or call 503.797.4529.