Sea star wasting syndrome has taken a heavy toll on Monterey Bay’s sea star populations in the last five years. Among the hardest hit species were the ochre stars, iconic tidepool residents and important keystone predators. Researchers are searching for potential culprits, documenting the spread of this disease, and tracking sea star recovery along the Pacific Coast. Scientists are also monitoring tidepools for changes related to the ochre stars’ absence.
Join the Seymour Marine Discovery Center to learn about the unfolding research surrounding this disease and how sea star wasting syndrome affects Monterey Bay.
Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.
-Lectures are one hour long and take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
-Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
-Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
-Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.
-Lectures include time for a few questions at the end.
-Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Sunday, March 17 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, California 95060