Naturalist Night

The Naturalist Night series is a Museum favorite!  This long-running monthly lecture series features a special guest speaker and topics vary widely.  Do you have an idea for a future Naturalist Night?  Let us know at

The next event in this series:

Waves and Their Impacts

December 14 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Click HERE to Register
$12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off

Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Talk will begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

About the talk:

Ocean waves are a familiar sight on the central coast of California, carrying energy from beyond the horizon to the shoreline. However, there are even bigger waves below the surface, which help drive ocean circulation and create large fluctuations of temperature and dissolved oxygen in the Monterey submarine canyon. Other types of waves, which signal the onset of El Niño in the tropics, may be hundreds of kilometers long but less than a meter high. This presentation will discuss the many different types of waves in the ocean and how they affect marine ecosystems by transporting energy throughout the ocean.

About the Speaker:

Tom Connolly is an Assistant Professor at Moss Landing Marine Labs. His specialty is the physical oceanography of coastal regions. He first became interested in the circulation of Monterey Bay as an undergraduate in the Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. Before joining the faculty at Moss Landing, he attended graduate school at University of Washington and completed a postdoctoral scholarship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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