Cookiecutter Sharks ambushing a school of DolphinfishesScripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego launches its summer evening lecture series TONIGHT  with a lecture on undersea robots. Jules Jaffe, Scripps research oceanographer will speak on his “latest scheme” to use “inexpensive, miniaturized robotic floats that travel with currents, sense the environment, and report their findings back to us.” His lecture is called “Swarms of Small Autonomous Robots: A Future Vision for Ocean Observation.”

At a second lecture on July 13, Jeffrey Graham, marine biologist, will talk about sharks. “Learn how shark biologists study shark physiology, life history and behavior for insight into what allows these fishes to rank among the world’s most efficient predators.”

The lectures, which are intended for and open to the general public, take place at Birch Aquarium,  Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego campus. See the Scripps website for more information.

The lectures are also broadcast on UCSD-TV

For further reading:

Oceans: Exploring the Hidden Depths of the Underwater World by Paul Rose and Anne Laking
Experience the California Coast book series

California Coastal Access Guide, Sixth Edition, by the California Coastal Commission
Sharks, Rays, and Chimaeras of California by David A. Ebert

Illustration of Cookiecutter Sharks ambushing a school of Dolphinfishes by Matthew D. Squillante appears in Sharks, Rays, and Chimaeras of California by David A. Ebert.