Upcoming Speakers


July 10, 2024 at 7:00pm via Zoom 

Charlotte McCurdy

About the Speaker

Charlotte McCurdy is an industrial designer who created fashionable, carbon-negative designs from algae. She holds a master’s in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a B.A. in Global Affairs with a concentration in economic development from Yale University. Ms. McCurdy’s expertise ranges from economics to climate change to Swarovski crystals. She is currently a Core Lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University’s School of Engineering, where she teaches design at the intersection of climate change, futures, and strategy.

Since 2016, Ms. McCurdy has had numerous exhibits around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York; the National Maritime Museums of Finland, Sweden, and Denmark; and the Powerhouse Museum in Australia, just to name a few. She was also featured at the London Design Museum and in the Cooper Hewitt Triennial.

Recent collaborators include Hyundai/Genesis, 3.1 Phillip Lim, the UN Office for Partnerships, and Swarovski. Previously she served as Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Arizona State University and at the Rhode Island School of Design. Currently, she is working on her first book, De-Industrial Design, as part of the “Designing Now series from Lund Humphries. She also has a patent pending for “Carbon-Negative Bioplastic.”

About the Presentation

"Algae and Sustainable Fashion"

August 14th, 2024 at 7:00pm via Zoom 

Dr. Gerald Kooyman

About the Speaker

Gerald L. Kooyman is a professor emeritus and a research physiologist in the Center for marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine (formerly the Physiological Research Lab) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He obtained a PhD from University of Arizona and headed off to begin his first of over 50 trips to Antarctica, where early work focused on the diving physiology of Weddell Seals and for the past 3 decades Dr. Kooyman has focused attention on penguins, particularly the Emperors. Jerry was the first to invent and deploy Time/Depth recorders to attach to animals to measure normal biological behaviors, over time overseeing the refinemenet and sophistication of this technology now by researchers across the globe. Author of multiple books and innumerable scientific article, Dr. Kooyman will present his latest publication Journeys with Emperors: tracking the most extreme penguin. This book provides an excellent summary of Emperor biology and is filled with tales of the difficulties working in such an extreme and potentially dangerous environment as the Antarctic.

About the Presentation

Journeys with Emperors: tracking the most extreme penguin  

September 11, 2024 7pm via Zoom and the Legacy

Dr. Audra Ames

About the Speaker

Dr. Audra Ames is a bioacoustician studying the communcation and echolocation systems of toothed whales. She is a postdoctoral research associate with the Animal Behavior and Senses Lab at Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute (San Diego, CA). Dr. Ames was a graduate student of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she completed her Master's study of signature whistle development of a bottlenose dolphin calf in response to production of signature whistles from the calf's social group surrounding the calf's birth. She was recruited to study beluga vocal development at Oceanografic in Valencia, Spain as her PhD thesis following completion of her Master's thesis in 2016. The beluga vocal repertoire became Dr. Ames' primary focus until the completion of her PhD in 2019, when she pivoted her experience to studying additional species. She remained as a researcher at Oceanográfic (Spain) until December 2023, when she joined the team at Hubbs. Currently, her studes are focused on the communication sounds of belugas, narwhals, bottlenose dolphins, and Risso's dolphins. She is exploring the unique sounds individuals of these species produce to determine how they are produced and processed, if and how they are affected by human-made disturbances, and if they can be used for monitoring purposes. 

About the Presentation

Narwhal and Beluga Whales

Meeting ID: 513 147 5168

Passcode: Whales

Information About Attending In Person Aboard the Legacy

Before the presentation, join us for Happy Hour aboard the Legacy at 6:30 PM. You can enjoy snacks for $3, as well as a selection of beer, wine, and canned cocktails priced between $5 and $9.

Location wise, we'll be at the Legacy Whale Watch (sdwhale.com) 1717 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, behind the Seaforth Sportsfishing building. Be sure to arrive early because we have someone waiting at the dock gate to let you through.

Parking will be available at 1717 Quivira Rd. (Seaforth Sportsfishing parking lot) or out on 'Quivira Rd where designated. Pleasenote that the neighboring businesses on either side of the Legacy parking lot are towing aggressively, so don't park in Seaforth Boat Rentals, Seaforth Marina, Marina Village parking lots, or risk being towed. Parts of their parking lot are marked for permit parking, so be sure to look for those posts.

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