Science Speaker Series

Learn about our 2018 speakers below but, check back for our 2019 Schedule

Cristina Kennedy

Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative

Invasive species are non-native species that are introduced to an area outside their natural range of habitation. Due to a lack of natural predators, they spread at rapid rates and can quickly become threats to the local environment, economy, or public health.

June 12
7PM-8PM
33 Washington St

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Dr. Rodolfo Montez Jr.

20 Years of Looking at the X-ray Universe

Since 1999, NASA’s Great Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, has provided pristine X-ray vision of the otherwise invisible high-energy Universe. Now in its 20th year of operation, Chandra continues to have great impact in the astrophysical community.

June 19
7PM - 8PM
33 Washington St

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Dr. Laura Prichard

The Milky Way vs. Andromeda: When Galaxies Collide

Our sun is one of 100s of billions of stars that make up our Milky Way Galaxy. This lecture will take you on a tour of our own galaxy’s neighborhood to reveal the ultimate fate of the Milky Way.

June 26
7PM - 8PM
33 Washington St

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Jo Ruxton

A Plastic Ocean

Jo Ruxton is a passionate campaigner for the oceans, her career in conservation began in the ‘80’s when she started the first marine program for WWF in Hong Kong. Eventually she decided to work independently and when she started to hear about the problem of plastic waste in the oceans, she knew she had to tell the story as it was. She began to raise the funds needed to make the documentary feature, A Plastic Ocean and it was 2 years before there was enough to begin filming. The more she learned about the subject the more determined she was to tell the story as research was revealing a much bigger problem than she had ever imagined. It was 8 years before the multi-award-winning film was finally released in 60 countries and in 15 languages.

July 3
7PM - 8PM
33 Washington St

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Dr. Lindsay King

The Dark Side of the Universe

Most of the Universe is composed of dark ingredients that can’t be seen directly by telescopes. This talk will describe how “Gravitational lensing”, the bending of light rays by mass, is used to weigh and map dark matter throughout the cosmos.

July 10
7PM - 8PM
33 Washington St

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Dr. Jennifer Levasseur

Apollo 11: Quest to the Moon

Join us for a tour of the Apollo 11 photographs gleaned fro the files of the Air and Space Museum.

July 15
7PM - 8PM
Nantucket Unitarian Church

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Katie Theoharides

Building Climate Change Resilience on Nantucket and Across the Commonwealth

This talk will cover how the climate is expected to change over the rest of the century, both on the Cape and Islands and across Massachusetts. In particular, the discussion will focus on community resiliency and what municipalities across the Commonwealth are doing to ensure their residents, economies, and vibrant natural resources can adapt to a changing climate.

July 17
7PM - 8PM
33 Washington St


Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Dr. Maureen H. Conte

A Changing Climate, A Changing Ocean 

Today’s atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide is 50% higher than it has ever been over the last 350,000 years and the concentration is continuing to rise. This lecture will take us on a journey along interlinked pathways from fossil fuel emissions on land, through the atmosphere and into the ocean, and explore how climate change is changing our ocean too, even at its greatest depths.

July 24
7PM - 8PM
33 Washington St

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Dr. Alan Poole

Ospreys 2019 – The Revival of a Global Raptor 

This talk will bring us up-to-date on the current state of one of our most-loved birds of prey.

Tuesday July 30
7PM - 8PM
33 Washington St

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Dr. Kathleen Biggins

C-Change Conversations

C-Change is committed to bringing the discussion of climate change out of the political arena and into local communities. We believe that engaged, concerned citizens want to know more about how climate change is going to affect their lives and futures.

July 31
7PM - 8PM
Nantucket Atheneum

Free for all

REU Student Astronomy Research

Astronomy Research Presentation 

Come and listen to the MMA’s astronomy students as they present their research conducted while taking part in this summer’s Research Experience for Undergraduates internship program funded by the National Science Foundation.

August 7
7PM - 8PM
33 Washington Street

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Vince Murphy

Nantucket’s Protected Shore Birds

Vince is an ecologist who has worked with a large variety of species and habitats in Europe and North America. Vince will talk about the protected shore birds that breed around Nantucket each summer and the Town’s efforts to conserve them.

August 14
7PM - 8PM
33 Washington St

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Dr. Belinda Wilkes

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory: 20 Years of the X-ray Sky in Sharp Focus!

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is celebrating 20 years of operation in 2019. Chandra’s uniquely sharp X-ray vision has made major strides in our understanding of all kinds of celestial sources, and it continues to be an indispensable tool for expanding the frontiers of our knowledge. From the discovery of an X-ray jet in its first targeted source, to finding the compact stellar remnant of a supernova in the second targeted source, the excitement and surprises continue.

August 20
7PM - 8PM
Nantucket Atheneum

Free for all

Dr. Jerry Melilo

The Climate Change Challenge

Dr. Melilo will summarize the climate changes and impacts already observed and those projected for the future. He will also discuss ways that society can respond to ongoing climate change.

August 21
7PM - 8PM
Nantucket Atheneum

Free for all

Christopher Niezrecki, Ph.D.

There has been a considerable growth in renewable energy installations in the last two decades. In particular, wind energy is one technology that is leading the charge and has the potential to radially change how electricity is generated not only in New England but globally. This presentation will demystify the technology and its impact on the nation’s energy portfolio. The impacts of wind energy on greenhouse gas emissions and wildlife will also be presented.

August 28
7PM - 8PM
33 Washington Street

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

Jack Dubinsky

Gelatinous Zooplankton of Nantucket

Discover the odd and puzzling world of the “gelata,” marine animals that drift with the tide, lack a rigid structure and are often translucent. Jack will discuss species commonly seen around Nantucket. He will also discuss MMA’s breeding program for jellyfish!

September 4
33 Washington St

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

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