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April 24, 2018: Scott Benson “Leatherback sea turtles in the California Current: Why leatherbacks cross the Pacific”

Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 pm

Location: The Bay Model, Sausalito CA

Join ACS-SF Bay Chapter for a fascinating presentation by Scott Benson M.S.C.

With their immense size and peculiar appearance, leatherback turtles resemble species that inhabited Earth in the distant past. A swimming and diving machine, they are uniquely adapted for life at sea. This ancient mariner is the most widely distributed sea turtle, spanning tropical and subarctic waters worldwide. The endangered western Pacific leatherback turtle engages in the longest migration of any aquatic, air-breathing vertebrate. These turtles travel more than 7,000 miles annually between their western Pacific nesting beaches and their eastern Pacific foraging areas. The presentation will cover the biology and ecology of leatherback turtles, the current status of the population, challenges to recovery, and the actions we can take to help.

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April 7, 2018: Ales for Whales


Ales For Whales is a local fundraiser hosted by Humble Sea Brewing Co. & the California Ocean Alliance with the singular mission to throw an awesome party and raise $5k in scholarships for high school students interested in pursuing careers in marine biology and ocean conservation.

This is a ticketed event! Buy discounted early bird tickets here >>http://bit.do/drinkforwhales

$12 early bird online // $15 at the gate. Tickets get you entry + 1 beer.
$5 if between the ages of 13 and 21
Kids are free

The recipe for making a difference couldn’t be easier:
Drink good beer
Dance to rad music
Listen to lightning talks from Santa Cruz Change Makers
Pet a starfish

Your participation today will help protect our oceans tomorrow.

FREE SCREEN PRINTING: bring a shirt (any color but white) and get our rad COA / Humble Sea Brewery graphic printed on it!

FREE STARFISH PETTING ZOO (that’s right, you get to pet a starfish at a brewery)

Breweries: Humble Sea Brewing Co. (more TBD)

Live music: McCoy Tyler and Crooked Branches Band

Food: Areperia 831

5-minute lightning talks by the Santa Cruz Change Makers Hilary Bryant (former mayor), David Terrazas (current mayor), Fred Keeley (California State Assembly Representative), and COA scientists.

Live and Silent Auction: private meet and greet with the Long’s Marine Lab seals and sea lions, behind the scenes tour of the Oakland Zoo to hang out with elephants, private cocktail making class at Trick Dog SF (wold’s best-mixed drinks), private yoga classes from Core Power Yoga, ocean-themed artwork and prints, cool whale-themed swag, and more to come.

All proceeds generated by Ales For Whales will go directly towards scholarships for local low-income high school students interested in pursuing careers in marine biology and ocean conservation through the California Ocean Alliance.

COST: $12 online // $15 at the gate (gets you entry to festival + 1 beer).
$5 if between the ages of 13 and 21
Below age 13 are free
LOCATION: Humble Sea Brewing Co. in the Secret Garden

April 21, 2018: Earth Day ECOFEST!

Celebrating Sea Stars, the Ocean and the many eco-heroes working to help both, this no-waste event blends live music, famed speakers, refreshments, eco booths, hands on activities, environmental and public safety resources, art and activism together for a memorable day of learning and fun!  Help us be sustainable by bringing your own cup, plate and spoon or ride your bike and use our bike corral!

COME TO THE ECOFEST at Linda Mar State Beach from 11:00am to 2:30pm

 Be Super-Eco hike, bike, shuttle or carpool!


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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.

June 26, 2018: ACS SF Bay Presents Daniella Dimitrova Russo

Tuesday, June 26th 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