General Meetings

General Meetings

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSC General Meetings

Our General Meetings are being held online due to the pandemic.  A link will be provided to all OLLI members prior to the meeting, watch for it.  You can also check the OLLI calendar for time and information (

Normally our members gather monthly, September through May inclusive, except in December, usually on the third Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Colleges Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room to socialize, conduct business, and hear a speaker, often a UCSC professor. We greet, meet, and eat (fruit or cake, and coffee or tea), and interact with a speaker of note. Unfortunately, due to the continued pandemic we will still need to meet in September virtually.

February 20, 2022 General Meeting , 10:00 am – 12 pm

Location:  Zoom Meeting.

Speaker: Burney Le Boeuf, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC


Topic: "Elephant Seals: Coping with Challenges of Life at Sea and on Land"


Elephant seals are land mammals modified by natural selection over millions of years to obtain food from the sea, but these changes make life difficult on land where they breed.  To meet the challenges of living in two entirely different worlds, requires a dynamic balancing act.  At sea, diving deep and long to forage requires anatomical, physiological, and behavioral adaptations for coping with limited oxygen, high hydrostatic pressure, and no light.  These changes make their life on land more stressful and dangerous.  The sea provides necessary sustenance but at the cost of high mortality.

Le Boeuf is internationally known as a pioneer of the field of marine mammal behavior. He has focused on the social and reproductive behavior of elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris), as well as their diving, foraging, and migratory behavior. Le Boeuf has conducted extensive research on the behavioral ecology and physiology of a variety of marine mammals, and also investigated the effects of environmental pollutants such as DDT on marine mammals.  He attended UC Berkeley, earning his PhD in experimental psychology in 1966. While at Berkeley, he also studied zoology and experimental biology. He arrived at UCSC in 1967 as a member of the psychology board and of Crown College. He already had a strong interest in evolutionary biology and participated in the biology board’s meetings as an outside member. 

Program Chair

Our program chair, who finds and arranges for our speakers, is Barry Bowman. Please send suggestions for future speakers to him at