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Virtual lecture presented by the Aquarium August 27: Hope for Reefs with Bart Shepherd

Around the world, coral reefs are threatened by climate change, coastal development, and pollution, and they need our help to recover. Tune in for a virtual lecture from the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Guest Speaker Series to learn more about what scientists and experts are doing to help coral reefs survive and thrive.

On August 27, 2020, Bart Shepherd will discuss the California Academy of Sciences’ coral reef restoration efforts. The organization is developing techniques for large-scale restoration by seeding damaged reefs with corals grown on self-attaching substrates. This helps maintain genetic diversity and reduces the labor and time required for restoration. This work, along with their research, will accelerate the development of the techniques needed to give coral reefs a hopeful future.

Shepherd is the senior director of Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences and co-director of the Academy’s Hope for Reefs initiative.

The Guest Speaker Series is part of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Online Academy, which offers free live and on-demand educational resources for both kids and adults.

This event will take place Thursday, August 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on the Aquarium of the Pacific’s website:

Anyone can tune in for FREE, no RSVPs required

For more information, call (562) 590-3100 or visit

This article was released by the Aquarium of the Pacific.