PG Museum of Natural History launches series to echo ‘Changes’ exhibit Feb. 25 virtual speaker program to feature Doug Smith

PACIFIC GROVE — In support of its upcoming new exhibit “Changes,” the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has announced a year-long speaker series as part of its popular Hardcore Natural History program.

  “Changes” will offer layers of interpretation for those who want to dive deeper into a main message: change has occurred, and will continue to occur, in the ecosystems of Monterey County.

The speaker series will echo those sentiments, focusing on changes in these habitats over time, the impact of humans in these landscapes, and the role of humans in protecting them for the future. Local researchers and advocates will address the science behind current issues facing the coastal, valley and mountain habitats of Monterey County.

Hosted by the museum, the free webinar series will be held through Zoom on the last Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m. Presenters will include local environmental scientists and activists making interactive presentations and a question-and-answer session.

 The series begins on Feb. 25 with featured speaker Dr. Doug Smith, a professor in the Applied Environmental Science Department at CSU Monterey Bay. Dr. Smith teaches watershed science courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, including geology, geomorphology and hydrology. His talk, titled Sea Level Rise in Southern Monterey Bay: Process, Protection, and Habitat Impact, will discuss how coastal erosion has impacted southern Monterey Bay and its inhabitants over time.  And will examine the impacts we might expect to see on beaches, structures, and endangered species in this coastal habitat in the future.

Although admission is free, the currently-closed museum encourages audience members to make a contribution to help create future online programming during the pandemic. Audience members must register online prior to the event to receive a link to the webinar.

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