ACS SFBAY 2016 Symposium: “Our Changing Oceans” – May 14, 2016

ACS SFBAY 2016 Symposium: “Our Changing Oceans”

“Our Changing Oceans”

Saturday,  May  14,  2016  from  9 a.m.  to  6 p.m. 

SFSU Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
Romberg Bay Conference Center, Tiburon, CA

  • Early Bird Ticket Pricing (12/26/15-2/29/16): $35.00
  • Standard Ticket Pricing(3/1/16-5/14/16): $50.00
  • Every Ticket Includes Lunch & Admission to Reception

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Climate change is a global issue affecting our oceans. The effects of global warming on marine mammals and other species are of growing concern. Discussing the effects of climate change on the world’s oceans is critical to understanding what is changing, how is it changing, and how these changes will influence their inhabitants.

This symposium will address how climate change impacts marine environments and ecosystems including temperature, ocean acidification, ocean productivity, and calcification.

The symposium seeks to improve the understanding of climate change impacts on marine mammals and other species, the vulnerability and adaptability of marine ecosystems to climate change, and their resiliency. Ww will also discuss future conservation and adaptive management regimes.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Brandon SouthallPresident and Senior Scientist for Southall Environmental Associates, Inc. based in Santa Cruz, CA and a research associate with the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is currently involved in research to measure behavioral responses of marine mammals to various human sounds, primarily military sonar signals, the effects of impulsive noise on hearing in seals and sea lions in laboratory settings, efforts to implement quieting technologies on the largest commercial ships in the oceans, and developing environmentally-responsible ways of capturing offshore energy.
  • Jeremy Goldbogen Ph.D.: Principal Investigator for Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station and Assistant Professor of Biology: Comparative biomechanics, foraging energetics, functional anatomy and bio-logging technology.
  • Kate Stafford, Ph.D.: Principal Oceanographer of the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory. Her research focuses on the use of passive acoustic monitoring to study large whale species primarily based in polar regions, with a particular focus on the Arctic. Much of her research looks at the geographic and seasonal occurrence of large whales based on sound production and the integration of acoustic data with environmental variables to develop predictive models of the occurrence of whales based on their environment.
  • Jaime Jahncke, Ph.D.Director of the California Current Group which works to advance marine conservation and management in the California Current by conducting research and developing tools to inform climate adaptation, marine spatial planning and ecosystem based management approaches. Their goal is to conserve the integrity of the marine ecosystem to help ensure healthy populations of marine top predators and sustainable uses for humans.
  • Sarah G. Allen, Ph.D.: National Park Service Pacific West Region’s Ocean and Coastal Resources Program Lead at the Point Reyes National Seashore Point Reyes Station with expertise in marine ecology, marine birds and mammals.
  • Dan Costa, Ph.D.Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of California, Santa Cruz. Postdoctoral work at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He focuses on  adaptations of marine mammals and seabirds to life in the marine environment, especially the movements, foraging ecology, and energetics of pinnipeds and seabirds.
  • Guy Oliver, Ph.D.: Research Associate at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who investigates  the behavior, ecology and physiology of Northern elephant seals, California sea lions, Steller sea lions and harbor seals at Año Nuevo and throughout their ranges.