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Lecture Series

Georgia Aquarium brings you unique and intriguing opportunities throughout the year to learn more about the wonders and mysteries of the aquatic world. See the schedule of events below.

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Tickets to each event can be purchased online or by calling the Aquarium Call Center at 404.581.4000. Founding Members and Ocean Society Members should contact Stephanie Brown at sbrown@georgiaaquarium.org or 404.581.4136 to complete reservations.

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  • Science on Tap

Science on Tap with Dr. Ellen Prager – Author, “Sex Drugs & Sea Slime”

Date: April 17, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom – please enter at Oceans Ballroom entrance on Level 1 of our Parking Deck.

When viewed from a quiet beach, the ocean, with its rolling waves and vast expanse, can seem calm, even serene. But hidden beneath the sea’s waves are a staggering abundance and variety of active creatures, engaged in the never-ending struggles of life—to reproduce, to eat, and to avoid being eaten.

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With Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime, marine scientist Ellen Prager takes us deep into the sea to introduce an astonishing cast of fascinating and bizarre creatures that make the salty depths their home. From the tiny but voracious arrow worms whose rapacious ways may lead to death by overeating, to the lobsters that battle rivals or seduce mates with their urine, to the sea’s masters of disguise, the octopuses, Prager not only brings to life the ocean’s strange creatures, but also reveals the ways they interact as predators, prey, or potential mates.

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And while these animals make for some jaw-dropping stories—witness the sea cucumber, which ejects its own intestines to confuse predators, or the hagfish that ties itself into a knot to keep from suffocating in its own slime—there’s far more to Prager’s account than her ever-entertaining anecdotes: again and again, she illustrates the crucial connections between life in the ocean and humankind, in everything from our food supply to our economy, and in drug discovery, biomedical research, and popular culture.

Written with a diver’s love of the ocean, a novelist’s skill at storytelling, and a scientist’s deep knowledge, Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime enchants as it educates, enthralling us with the wealth of life in the sea—and reminding us of the need to protect it.

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MORE SPEAKERS TO COME IN 2014

  • David Shiffman from University of Miami, Shark Conservation - July 19
  • Beth Garrett, Director of the Caretta Research Project and Kris Williams, Sea Turtles - October

 

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