May 14

Science on Tap Is Back

Georgia Aquarium’s next adults-only science lecture series, Science on Tap, will be Tuesday, May 14 with Dr. Craig McClain, Executive Director for the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Dr. McClain will be presenting “How the Mysteries of the Deep Seas Challenge Everything We Know About Life”.

Join us for a reception with light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine from 6:00 – 7:00 with the presentation beginning at 7:00. Following Dr. McClain’s talk, there will be time for Q & A. Come mingle, share some libations, and learn!

This event is $10.00 and does not include General Admission. The full cost of your ticket goes directly to supporting Georgia Aquarium’s Research and Conservation initiatives. Space is very limited. Please reserve your seats ASAP to secure your entrance into this exclusive lecture series.


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Please Note

  • Entrance for Science on Tap will be through the main entrance of Georgia Aquarium
  • Doors open at 6 pm
  • Guests with reservation simply need to provide their name and will receive a wristband at check in, there will not be an opportunity to purchase tickets at the event
  • Guests will enjoy a reception from 6 – 7 pm with an open bar (beer and wine) and light hors d’oeuvres in the lobby of Georgia Aquarium’s 4D Theater
  • The presentation begins at 7 pm on the stage of the 4D Theater, with the talk concluding around 8:00 pm
  • Late seating may not be available – please arrive before 7 pm
  • Guests may bring food and drinks into the Theater but will not be served during the lecture
  • Once the Q&A session concludes, the bar will reopen for drinks only and last call will be at 8:45 pm
  • Guests must be 21 or older and may be required to show ID at bars for alcoholic beverages
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Speaker Bio

Dr. Craig McClain

Craig McClain is the Executive Director for the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. He served prior as the Deputy Director for the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine and the Assistant Director for Science at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center both at Duke University. He has conducted deep-sea research for over 25 years and published over 60 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions that have taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy and metabolism drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Due to this, much of Craig’s research focuses on how climate change impacts life in the ocean.  Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News.

In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Craig With Big Things, And Small Things explores his obsession with the diversity in sizes of life.

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