Hardcore Natural History

Every quarter Hardcore Natural History selects a theme and presents three evenings to examine that through three lenses: plant, animal, and cultural. Our speakers address the most current research in those three respective areas so that guests are able to learn about history, while it is happening.

2019 Speaker Series 

Theme: Disease

Sudden Oak Death

HNH launches its newest theme for the Fall - Disease. On Thursday, September 19, we will look at this theme through the lens of plants, diving into what is commonly referred to as “Sudden Oak Death”. Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen known to cause sudden oak death, will be explored by our expert guest Chris Lee, of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Lee has researched sudden oak through the University of California and is currently the chair of the California Oak Mortality Task Force.

$5 Members Online • $10 Non-members Online • $15 At The Door

Thank you to our sponsors: Beach House at Lover’s Point, Whaling Station Steakhouse and Scheid Vineyards.


Sea Otters – A Parasite’s New Host

Despite southern sea otter population growth since 1911, otters are faced with increasing challenges to their survival. One of the largest obstacles they face is a disease caused by the thorny-headed worm, a parasite known by scientists as an acanthocephalan. Since the 1960s, species of this parasite, normally found in sea birds, have increased dramatically in prevalence in otters, resulting in more otters dying from infection. In his talk, Richard Grewelle, PhD candidate at Hopkins Marine Station, discusses his research, which takes him from otters to sea birds to crabs in an ecosystem-level adventure to understand the thorny-headed worm's world.

$5 Members Online • $10 Non-members Online • $15 At The Door

Thank you to our sponsors: Beach House at Lover’s Point, Whaling Station Steakhouse and Puma Road Winery.