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Spotlight Gallery

sea change exhibit - display case with pteropods on wall

Located on level one between the Special Exhibits Gallery and North American Hall.

Currently on display in the Spotlight Gallery: Sea Change

Pteropods, affectionately known as “potato chips of the sea,” are tiny ocean snails that help form the base of the ocean food web. Their thin, fragile shells are sensitive to changes in ocean chemistry. Sea Change centers around the research of former Academy scientist Rosie Oakes, PhD, who studies the effects of climate change on pteropods, monitoring their shells to measure the effects of ocean acidification on ocean life. The exhibit includes stunning photography, wall projections with hypnotic undersea footage, video interviews with scientists, and a video slideshow on ocean acidification. Sea Change is presented in conjunction with Drexel University’s Climate Year and is the first exhibit in the Academy’s newly created Spotlight Gallery.