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May 22, 2018: ACS SF Bay Presents Grant Awardees Kaytlin Ingman & Samantha Jane Cope

Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm

Location: The Bay Model, Sausalito CA

ACS SF Bay Presents Grant Awardees Kaytlin Ingman & Samantha Jane Cope

“Evaluating the influence of vessel noise on the underwater soundscape of San Francisco Bay”

Vessel traffic and marine mammal habitat overlap in the heavily urbanized San Francisco Bay. This traffic potentially threatens marine mammals in a number of ways, namely vessel collisions and acoustic harm. With a recent influx of cetacean species in San Francisco Bay, assessing these threats is essential. By integrating underwater acoustic data with the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and marine radar vessel tracking technology, we can begin to understand how vessel traffic influences cetacean habitat and the degree to which species may be at risk.

Samantha Cope is pursuing her Master of Marine Science degree at San Francisco State University’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center in Tiburon, California. A student of Dr. Ellen Hines, Sam studies how vessels use San Francisco Bay across space and time and potential implications for marine mammal conservation. Sam received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

“Long Term Trends in Baleen Whale Observations Near the Farallon Islands”

Large baleen whales seasonally use the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary as a migration corridor and feeding ground during the productive upwelling season. Both basin scale climate patterns and local oceanographic conditions influence the timing and strength of local upwelling and nutrient quality. Modeling how these factors influence both the abundance and presence of humpback, blue, and gray whales can aid in the conservation of these protected species. We can also use these models to assess anthropogenic threats such as the increase in entanglements.

Kaytlin Ingman is currently a student of Ellen Hines pursuing a Masters of Marine Science degree at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center at the Romberg Tiburon Campus of San Francisco State University. Kaytlin studies how the abundance and presence of baleen whales is influenced by climate and local oceanography. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Washington State University.

September 25, 2018: ACS SF Bay Presents Daniella Dimitrova Russo

Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 pm

Location: The Bay Model, Sausalito CA

Join ACS-SF Bay Chapter for an inspiring presentation by Daniella Dimitrova Russo


Daniella Dimitrova Russo is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Think Beyond Plastic™, the innovation accelerator focused on the global plastic pollution crisis. Since 2009, Think Beyond Plastic has led the shift away from fossil fuel-based plastics towards bio-based, bio-benign materials from renewable sources and associated manufacturing, and innovative consumer and business products specifically designed to handle these new materials.

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July 24, 2018: ACS SF Bay Presents: Dr. Shawn Johnson, The Marine Mammal Center Director of Veterinary Science : “Not Just Seizing Sea Lions! How Domoic Acid is impacting Southern Sea Otters” 

Tuesday, July 24th at 7:00 pm

Location: The Bay Model, Sausalito CA

Join ACS-SF Bay Chapter for an inspiring presentation by Dr. Shawn Johnson – The Marine Mammal Center Director of Veterinary Science

“Not Just Seizing Sea Lions! How Domoic Acid is impacting Southern Sea Otters” 
Domoic acid is a biotoxin produced by harmful marine algae. It can cause acute seizures and long-term brain damage in a variety of marine mammals and humans. Hundreds of California sea lions showing signs from domoic acid toxicity are rescued each year by The Marine Mammal Center for treatment. In the near shore environment, sea otters feed on a variety of prey types such as crabs that can be accumulate high levels of the deadly toxin. The Center recently rescued and rehabilitated two adult sea otters exhibiting neurological signs attributed to domoic acid intoxication. These are the first otters known to be diagnosed and treated for this disease. This talk will detail the otter’s rescue, rehabilitation, and new post-release monitoring technology which will allow us to better understand the long term affects of domoic acid on individual sea otters and the population.

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Aug. 21, 2018: Alicia Amerson “My Address Like My Wings Travel With Me” 

Tuesday, August 21st at 7:00

Location: The Bay Model, Sausalito CA

Join ACS-SF Bay Chapter for a fascinating presentation by Alicia Amerson.


ACS presents Founder of Alimosphere, Alicia Amerson’s “My Address Like My Wings Travel With Me,” a discussion on drone stewardship to reduce wildlife disturbance. Drones are known to cause disturbance to wildlife. Our California coastline is home to a large biodiverse group of species from sea birds to pinnipeds. Some species of marine wildlife are adapting to the ever changing coastline and managing to survive alongside the increase of human activities in these wildspaces. Drones can be purchased easily and flown without a license. Currently, we don’t know the number of drones that are flown on the coast every day in California, but we do know it is increasing. Industry projections show that at least 7 Million drones will be in the sky by 2020. Human impacts (hiking, biking, kayaking, photography, and drones) are known to cause disturbance in sensitive areas for this wide range of species. In this talk, Amerson approaches drone stewardship through best available science and outreach to protect marine wildlife. Continue reading

2017 Research and Travel (SMM Conference) Grant Awards

We at ACS-SF Bay Chapter Thank all of you, our members and monthly presentation
audience, for your constant support of our organization. Your donations allow us to give
yearly research and travel grants to outstanding graduate students and young
researchers which aids them in their research. Those receiving Travel grants are aided in attending the Society of Marine Mammology and ACS National conferences to present
their research and network for their future work.

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2017 Research Grant Awardees  

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Oceanic Dolphins, Family Delphinidae

We all share a love of dolphins and whales. But there is another question – what we really know about them, about the whole order of cetaceans? Meera and Oleg Finodeyev are passionate about them and they discovered a very simple truth – “we love them but we don’t know them”. Because of that they created a mini-series of videos about order of cetaceans.

Irony is that there is no single source where one can go and learn about this civilization. Creation of these videos and digging into vast ocean of internet information was very tedious but an enlightening process and they wish to share its results with you. Please, invest a bit of your time to learn more about these Earthlings – they are amazing!