Talks and Lectures

Nat Talks, made possible with support from presenting sponsor The Downing Family Foundation and media partner KPBS, feature museum staff and outside experts speaking on an array of topics, including the latest in scientific research, history, conservation, and the natural world.

Purchase tickets by clicking on the link associated with each event. To view recorded talks and lectures, visit our YouTube playlist. Please note that all talks are offered in local time (PST/PDT).

Upcoming Events


Nat Talks will resume in February 2022. Come back soon to see our next talks.

Virtual Nat Talk: A Natural History of the Future

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6 PM

Depictions of the future are filled with robots and virtual realities—shiny and technological, while nature takes a backseat. Leading ecologist Dr. Rob Dunn argues that if humankind is to survive on a fragile planet, we must understand and follow its iron-clad laws. 

Our species has amassed unprecedented knowledge of nature, which we have tried to use to seize control of life and bend the forces of our planet to fit our needs. In the evolution of antibiotic resistance, the power of natural selection to create biodiversity, and even the surprising life of the London Underground, Rob finds laws of life that no human activity can overcome. When we create artificial islands of crops, dump toxic waste, or build suburbs, we simply provide new materials for old laws to shape. Life’s future flourishing is not in question. Ours is. And if we pay attention, we have a much better chance of surviving and maybejust maybe—thriving.

You can purchase his new book A Natural History of the Future locally, here.  

Note: You do not need to purchase tickets and do not need a Zoom account to attend the talk. Please consider supporting The Nat by selecting the $12 suggested ticket price at checkout.

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The State of Biodiversity 2022

March 3, 2022 at 3 PM

Urban ecologist Dr. Chris Schell is the featured speaker for this year’s State of Biodiversity. His talk will focus on urban carnivore behavior, conservation, and environmental justice. Afterward, network with colleagues and fellow attendees during a happy hour on the rooftop.  

Extended text: You can also join virtually on Zoom where Spanish interpretation will be available. How ever you choose to attend, you can join the conversation live on Twitter at #StateOfBioBe sure to check State of Biodiversity 2022 for registration and program details.  




Past Talks

Check out our top five most viewed talks from the 2021 season on YouTube.

Climate Change Series
Throughout 2021, The Nat and Climate Science Alliance collaborated to offer a series of evening talks and daytime lessons around climate change. These quarterly events dove into the complex topic of our changing climate. The more we know, the better we can respond to what is happening. Watch the series and be empowered.