3/15 Book Launch: Geology of the Northern Monterey Bay Region with Frank A. Perry

The northern Monterey Bay region has more interesting geologic features packed into a small area than almost any other part of California. Its dynamic history has been shaped by dramatic uplifts, volcanic eruptions, rising and falling sea levels, and the ever-moving San Andreas Fault. Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the official launch of local author Frank A. Perry’s latest book exploring the unique geology of our region.

Friday, March 15, 2024
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$10 Members | $15 General

Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


  • 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Reception (light refreshments will be provided)
  • 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Presentation
  • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Book signing

Pre-order the book

Pre-order the book and get it signed after the lecture. The book explores, in simple language, a fantastic diversity of topics. These include rocks, fossils, earthquakes, beaches, minerals, water, marine terraces, and the Monterey Submarine Canyon. The author places each within the context of human history, and the book includes activities, places to visit, and sources for further reading.

About the Author:

Frank Perry was born and raised in Santa Cruz and has been interested in the region’s natural features and cultural history since childhood. After earning a degree in Earth Sciences from U.C. Santa Cruz, he worked for many years researching, designing, and building natural sciences and historical exhibits for museums and park visitor centers. He has been involved with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for many years and in 2017 received the Laura Hecox Naturalist Award. In 2021 he retired after serving for eight years as curator of the Capitola Historical Museum. For this book, he has drawn upon his fifty-year journey exploring Monterey Bay area geology, paleontology, and history. The author hopes readers will enjoy reading about these topics as much as he has enjoyed learning about them and sharing his discoveries.


  • The event will occur inside the Museum and is wheelchair accessible.
  • Restrooms, water fountains, and light snacks will be available.
  • Parking is first-come-first-served in the neighborhood. Bike parking is available near the museum entrance.
  • This program will be in English.
  • If we are able to record the program, it will be added to this webpage after the event.
  • Masks are not currently required indoors, but we will alert registrants if an increase in covid transmission rates triggers that requirement.
  • Reasonable accommodation requests can be made by emailing events@santacruzmuseum.org.