Sep 10

Science on Tap Is Back

Georgia Aquarium’s next adults-only science lecture series, Science on Tap, will be Tuesday, September 10 with Dr. Nick Pyenson, Research Geologist and Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

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. Pyenson’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

Nick Pyenson

Nick Pyenson is curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his postdoctoral work at the University of British Columbia. As a vertebrate paleontologist, his scientific research focuses on how different kinds of four-limbed animals have repeatedly invaded oceans from land ancestry over the past 250 million years – an evolutionary cross-section of vertebrate life that includes sea turtles, seabirds, and especially marine mammals, such as whales. His scientific expeditions have taken him to every continent, with a strong focus on paleontological exploration, anatomical discovery, international mentorship, and 3D digitization for museum collections. Along with his collaborators, he has named over new species of fossil marine mammals, discovered the richest fossil whale graveyard on the planet, and described an entirely new sensory organ in living whales. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama’s Administration, and numerous research awards from the Smithsonian, including the Secretary’s Research Prize. His first book SPYING ON WHALES: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures, was published by Viking Books.

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