Marine Life Talks in Southampton – 4 October 2018

Marine Life Talks

Why the Galapagos is special

The Galapagos is fascinating to everyone, famous for its association with Darwin’s evolutionary theory and amazing for marine scientists with its mixture of cold and warm waters in a small archipelago where you can see penguins swimming amongst corals. This talk will present personal experiences of regularly working in the Galapagos over the past 30 years, witnessing many changes and a vast increase in tourist numbers.

Ken Collins is a Senior Research Fellow in Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton. Ken originally trained as a chemist 40 years ago, then became a marine biologist through diving. He has long experience in artificial reefs for fishery enhancement, 12 years of lobster research, was the science co-ordinator for the UK polar autonomous submarine programme, ran the UK Shark tagging programme, local seagrass and seahorse research in recent years, Chairman of the UK Scientific Diving Supervisory Committee.


Visiting the NOC: As the NOC is located within the Port of Southampton and entry is via Dock Gate 4 Port Security require all visitors bring along with them their confirmation ticket and a valid form of photographic ID (Driving License / Passport). The Port of Southampton is the Strategic Authority for the implementation of security within the port area where the NOC is located.

Register for a ticket here

Parking at NOC

There are a number of designated visitor parking spaces available at NOC. If these are full after 5pm please drive to the staff car parks barriers, access can be given by pressing the intercom button in the box next to the barrier, on requesting entry you will be asked for Name and Car Registration number and the barrier will be lifted.

Please do not park in areas not designated for parking and ensure roadways are kept clear.

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Marine Life Talks

These talks are usually held on the first Thursday of each month (except in January) at 7pm in the Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre, National Oceanography Centre. Please sign in outside the lecture theatre on level four.

All talks are free and open to members of the public.

Why the Galapagos is special

Next Talk

1 November – Exploring the Antarctic Seafloor: Why I spent three years on the frozen continent – Speaker: Ben Robinson

Event dates: 
Thursday 4 October 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00