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Sep 28
Well-Known Shark Expert Will Give Guest Lecture at OCC Oct. 19

dr chris lowe standing with arms crossed shark skeleton behindOrange Coast College's marine science department has invited shark expert and California State University, Long Beach Marine Biology Professor Dr. Chris Lowe to give a guest lecture on campus on Thursday, Oct. 19. 

The lecture, titled "Beach Babies: Southern California Beaches Form Important Nursery Habitat for White Sharks in the Northeast Pacific," will take place in OCC's Science Hall from 4–5 p.m., and a VIP reception will immediately follow from 5:15–7:15 p.m. in the College's Lewis Building, next to the Dennis Kelly Public Aquarium. 

Dr. Lowe has taught at Cal State Long Beach for nearly 20 years, and oversees the Shark Lab there. For the past decade, he and his students have studied baby and juvenile white sharks in Southern California waters, and his research has focused on developing underwater robots that are capable of tracking sharks and gamefishes. His expertise has often made him the go-to expert for media interviews about great white sharks, including specials on PBS and the BBC, the "Today" show, Newsweek, and many local outlets. 

As the number of great white sharks sighted along Southern California beaches has skyrocketed in the past year, Dr. Lowe's research may be key in finding a cause. 

"Dr. Lowe's long-term study on juvenile white sharks and his findings will give us insight into why we are seeing them more frequently in Southern California coastal waters," says OCC Marine Science Professor Karen Baker. 

Admission to the lecture is free, and tickets are being sold for the VIP reception for $50. RSVP for the event here.  


For more info contact Baker at kbaker@occ.cccd.edu or at (714) 432-3067.