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Admission prices for the CIMM Speaker Series are: free for CIMM Members, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 Youth (6-17), free for children 5 and younger.

Rolling in the Deep Sea: Exploring coral and sponge communities on the West Coast

July 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm

It’s likely no surprise that corals and sponges are critical foundation species that provide numerous benefits to humans. But, did you know that the majority of coral species live in the frigid deep sea, beyond the reach of light? 

The CIMM Speaker Series is pleased to host Lizzie Duncan, research ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

From 2018 to 2021, the West Coast has been the focus of an incredible field research initiative involving several unprecedented deep-sea expeditions conducted off different ships which deployed a variety of cutting-edge technologies. Lizzie Duncan has been co-coordinating the research program since 2018. As the initiative winds down this year, the newly captured images and data are being analyzed by several agencies and organizations across the U.S. Join Lizzie as she walks you through the deep, dark world of deep-sea coral and sponges through the lens of the West Coast Initiative – from what deep-sea corals and sponges are and why they’re important, to the threats they face and what tools scientists are using to study them. Highlights will include never-before-shared images and findings from recent expeditions in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and beyond.

Island Explorations with Chuck Graham

august 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Chuck Graham has been paddling and photographing the Channel Islands for the past 25 years. A renowned freelance writer and photographer (and paddler), Chuck will be sharing some of his favorite moments from his years of exploring the beauty and wildlife on and around the islands.

Chuck’s work has been published in Backpacker, BBC Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic for Kids, National Geographic Books, Canoe & Kayak, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Natural History, American Forests and Westways. He pens the column Unpredictable Wilderness in the Coastal View News. Instagram: @chuckgrahamphoto. www.chuckgrahamphoto.com.