ADVISORY: Seattle Aquarium’s Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner

Seattle_Aquarium_LogoSEATTLE, WA, February 26, 2013 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Seattle Aquarium invites everyone to its annual speaker series, Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner in March, April and May. Join the discussion about the challenges faced by marine creatures and the opportunities to heal and conserve Puget Sound.

MEDIA ADVISORY
Oceans and the incredible life that lives there: Come hear Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner

WHEN:
March 7, Elliott Norse, Ph.D., Assembling a Portfolio of Places to Save Marine Life
April 11, Ginger Armbrust, Ph.D., Marine Plankton: Tiny Creatures with a Powerful Impact
May 2, Ken Balcomb III, Orcas: Giants of the Salish Sea

WHERE: 
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, Wash.

WHAT:
Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner is the Seattle Aquarium’s annual speaker series. Based on a talk-show format rather than a typical lecture format, Sound Conversations includes audience participation throughout the evening that encourages lively dialogue. Join the discussion about the challenges faced by marine creatures and the opportunities to heal and conserve Puget Sound now and for generations to come.

WHO:
March 7: Elliott Norse, Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Scientist, Marine Conservation Institute
Assembling a Portfolio of Places to Save Marine Life
A global thinker and author who’s devoted his career to conserving life in our seas and forests, Dr. Norse worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Ecological Society of America, The Wilderness Society and the Ocean Conservancy before founding the Marine Conservation Institute in 1996. Join us to hear about his vision to assemble a global system of refuges to save marine life for the future.

April 11: Ginger Armbrust, Ph.D.
Director, School of Oceanography, University of Washington/Principal Investigator of the Armbrust Lab
Marine Plankton: Tiny Creatures with a Powerful Impact
Dr. Armbrust’s research focuses on phytoplankton, organisms that are responsible for about 50% of the total amount of photosynthesis that occurs on our planet. Join us to learn about the critical role these organisms play in our global carbon cycle, and ultimately, in our global climate.

May 2: Ken Balcomb III
Executive Director of the Center for Whale Research/Principal Investigator for Orca Survey
Orcas: Giants of the Salish Sea
The leading expert on Salish Sea orcas and a pioneer in photo-identification techniques, Ken Balcomb has been documenting the population and behavior of our region’s orcas since 1976. He’s often recognized as the scientist who discovered that Navy sonar might be responsible for beaching whales, and played a vital role in increasing government awareness of orcas’ declining numbers.  

MORE INFO:
Doors open at 7pm for a reception in Seattle Aquarium’s Life on the Edge Exhibit. Program begins at 7:30pm in the Ackerley Foundation Puget Sound Great Hall.

COST: 
$10 per person. Purchase tickets online at seattleaquarium.org.

Contact:  
Tim Kuniholm
206.386.4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org

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