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Learning can be a life-long adventure. Join Virginia Living Museum staff biologists, naturalists and scientists to explore the natural world in special adult-oriented programs. Each activity-oriented program is presented in a relaxed, hands-on format and includes classroom instruction combined with opportunities to examine specimens from the Museum’s extensive collections and up close encounters with live animals. Come and share a journey of discovery with others who have an enthusiastic desire to continue to learn about the natural world of Virginia and beyond.

Advance registration is required for many programs. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator, at 757-595-9135, Monday-Friday, 9 am-4:30 pm.

Naturally Speaking Series

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The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series returns for 2022 in a virtual and in-person fashion. Join us for our guest speaker at 6:30pm for a 30 minute talk. Following the lecture, we will allow time for questions and a wrap-up.

After reading the presentations below, please click on the method of participation (virtual or in-person) you would like to sign up for.

January 20, 2022 | A Brief History of the James River: A Raucous Journey Through Geological Time

Speaker: Christopher “Chuck” Bailey, PhD | Professor, College of William and Mary – Geology Department

Presentation Summary: The James River courses across Virginia from the high ridges of the Appalachians through the Piedmont and to the sea at Hampton Roads. This talk discusses the age, origin, and geological history of Virginia’s major river. The James River is a historic waterway, but we’ll look beyond human history to uncover the secrets of deep time and the paleogeography of Virginia from hundreds of million of years ago to the present.

Speaker Bio: Christopher (Chuck Bailey) is a professor of Geology at William & Mary. He teaches courses on the Earth’s Environmental Systems, Weather & Climate, Planetary Geology, Earth Surface Processes, and Structural Geology. His research focuses on the geological evolution of Virginia, as well as more distant locales in the western US, Norway, and Oman. Over the past two and a half decades he has paddled most of Virginia’s major waterways by canoe for both research and fun.

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February 17, 2022 | NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries: Protecting and Preserving for 50 Years

Speaker: Mark Losavio | Media and Outreach Coordinator, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA

Presentation Summary: In 1972, the National Marine Sanctuary Act (NMSA) was passed in an effort to conserve marine areas of ecological, historical, and cultural significance. This network of sanctuaries has expanded over the last 50 years to preserve and protect over 600,000 square miles of vital aquatic environments. Join us for a conversation about the important roles national marine sanctuaries play in the ecosystem, the sanctuaries most relevant to Hampton Roads, and how they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

Speaker Bio:Mark Losavio joined the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary team in the spring of 2021. As the Media and Outreach Coordinator, Mark works to share the science, stories, and relevance of the sanctuary with a national audience. Hailing from Kentucky, Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in marine biology from Northeastern University. Mark has been involved in diverse and sometimes unconventional communication experiences, which has evolved into a passion for communicating scientific topics to a broader audience. Mark is an avid diver and also a U.S. sailing instructor.

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March 17, 2022 | By Sea, Air, and Space: Scientists from NASA Langley Explore the World's Largest Phytoplankton Bloom and Its Future in a Changing Climate

Speaker: Richard Moore, PhD | NAAMES Deputy Project Scientist; 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Presentation Summary: The North Atlantic phytoplankton bloom is one of the most conspicuous events observable from NASA’s fleet of Earth observing satellites. This annually-occurring event has far-reaching implications for ocean ecosystems, food webs, atmospheric exchange, and climate. Yet, the processes underpinning the bloom remain highly uncertain, even today. Enter the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study, or NAAMES — a five year, NASA study to resolve fundamental characteristics of the bloom and its downstream impacts on atmospheric sea spray particles, clouds, and climate. Join Dr. Richard Moore from NASA’s Langley Research Center, here in Hampton Roads, as he highlights the exciting scientific results now coming from this important project.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Richard Moore is a research scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton Roads, Virginia. His research focuses on the interaction between atmospheric aerosol particles and cloud formation, which contributes the largest uncertainty in our ability to understand and model Earth’s climate. To explore this important research area, Dr. Moore uses a variety of tools including in situ measurements from instrumented aircraft as well as satellite, airborne, and ground-based remote sensing observations. Dr. Moore is the recipient of multiple awards including a NASA Early Career Achievement Medal and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He is a husband and father of two.

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April 21, 2022 | By Sea, Air, and Space: Revealing Rhythms of Ice Ages with Paleomagnetism

Speaker: Brendan Reilly, PhD | Postdoctoral Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; Co-Chief scientist of the Cascadia H.O.P.S. expedition

Presentation Summary: For over 50 years, the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and its predecessor programs have recovered and archived long sedimentary records of Earth’s climate and geomagnetic histories for international scientific study. In 2019, IODP drilled Antarctic proximal sediments in the Scotia Sea’s “Iceberg Alley” during Expedition 382, recovering a more than 3-million-year sedimentary sequence from which we can learn about Antarctic Ice Sheet history and Southern Ocean dynamics. Sediment layers in these drill cores can be dated by identifying times when Earth’s magnetic field flipped polarity and comparing those events to the well-established geomagnetic polarity timescale. This chronology can then be used to study how Antarctic climate varied from the warm Pliocene about 3 million years ago through the ice age cycles of the Pleistocene.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Brendan Reilly is a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego and Distinguished Lecturer for the Ocean Discovery Lecture Series. He has worked globally on the stratigraphy, paleomagnetism, and chronology of sediment cores from offshore Antarctica to Northern Greenland.  Brendan has participated in nine oceanographic expeditions, including the 2019 International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 382, Iceberg Alley and Subantarctic Ice and Ocean Dynamics.

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