2016 Symposium: “Our Changing Oceans”

“Our Changing Oceans”

climate change

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

SFSU Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
Romberg Bay Conference Center

3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA

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 and other threats on the world’s oceans is critical to understanding what is changing, how it is changing, and how these changes will influence their inhabitants.

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

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

Symposium Presenters:

  • JOHN CALAMBODKIDIS“Status of blue and humpback whales off the US West Coast and interactions with environmental changes and other threats”
  • JEREMY GOLDBOGEN, Ph.D “Insights into the underwater behavior, species interactions, and biomechanics of baleen whales using integrated video and inertial sensors”
  • DR. BRANDON SOUTHALL: “Recent progress in understanding cetacean behavior and responses to noise: Southern California Behavioral Response Study (SOCAL-BRS)”
  • KATE STAFFORD, Ph.D. “A Tale of Three Straits: acoustic detections of summer and winter whales in the Pacific and Atlantic Arctic”
  • DAN COSTA, Ph.D. “Climate Change and Upper Trophic Levels in Antarctica: Winners and Losers”
  • SARAH G. ALLEN, Ph.D. “Marine Mammals: Managing for change in US National Parks of the Pacific Ocean”
  • GUY OLIVER, Ph.D.  “Food for Thought: Elephant eal foraging strategies in a changing ocean”
  • ELLEN M. HINES, Ph.D.: “Sea Level Rise, shipping patterns and habitat models”
  •  JONATHAN STERN Ph.D.: “Predicting The Effects of Environmental Change on Cetaceans Using Agent-Based Modules”
  • GRANT BALLARD, Ph.D.: “A scientific basis for protection of an intact ocean foodweb the Ross Sea, Antarctica.”
  •  DR. LANCE MORGAN, Ph.D.:   “Advancing the Global Ocean Refuge System: a new strategy for biodiversity conservation”
  • KARINA J. NIELSON ,Ph.D.: “California’s marine protected area network: supporting ecosystem resilience in the face of change”
  • BRUCE RIORDAN:  “The 21st Century: Which Future Will We Choose?”

For biographies on Presenters:

Symposium Presenter Biographies: 

  • John Calambokidis:  Senior Research Biologist and one of the founders of Cascadia Research Collective, a non-profit research organization formed in 1979 based in Olympia, Washington. His primary interests are the biology of marine mammals and the impacts of humans and he has lead over 100 studies on the status, movements, and underwater behavior of a variety of marine mammals in the North Pacific from Central America to Alaska and authored two books and more than 150 publications in scientific journals and technical reports. Some of his recent research has included attaching tags to whales with suction cups to examine their feeding behavior and vocalizations. In 2012 he received the American Cetacean Society’s John Heyning Award for Lifetime Achievement in Marine Mammal Science.
  • Jeremy Goldbogen Ph.D.: Comparative physiologist who studies the biomechanics, functional morphology, and energetics of locomotion and feeding in aquatic animals. Current research integrates data from multi-sensor tags, remote sensing, and advanced bio-imaging to understand the mechanisms of foraging and predator-prey interactions. Jeremy is now an assistant professor of biology at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University in Pacific Grove, California.
  • Dr. Brandon SouthallPresident and Senior Scientist for Southall Environmental Associates (SEA) Inc., Research Associate with the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University. Following graduate studies at UCSC, Dr. Southall directed the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean Acoustics Program and later founded SEA, a research and consulting small business conducting science to support and inform responsible environmental management.  His background is in marine mammal communication, and the effects of noise hearing, he has extensive technical expertise in leading laboratory and field research programs (www.socal-brs.org) and applying science in national and international policies, and he has published over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers and technical reports.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  Jonathan Stern, Ph.D.: Adjunct Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University, and co-founder of Golden Gate Cetacean Research, which focuses on the coastal bottlenose dolphins and harbor porpoises of the San Francisco Bay Area. He is co-principal investigator on a long-term study of minke whales in the Northeast Pacific, and has also worked on projects including the effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems at NASA’s Ames Research Center. He is currently developing agent-based, spatially explicit models to investigate environmental questions.
  • 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.
  • Grant Ballard, Ph.D.: Chief Science Officer at Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO), responsible for shaping and growing Point Blue’s multi-investigator scientific research and conservation programs. One area of focus has been the ecology of the Ross Sea (Antarctica), and how it relates to climate change and fishing.
  • Sarah G. Allen, Ph.D.: National Park Service Pacific West Region’s Ocean and Coastal Resources Program Lead in San Francisco with expertise in marine ecology, marine birds and mammals.
  • Dr. Lance Morgan, Ph.D.: President Marine Conservation Institute and a marine biologist .Lance has worked on protecting the ocean for nearly 2 decades. He is the past Chairman of the Cordell Bank Sanctuary Advisory Council and participated in California’s effort to design the first and only statewide system of marine protected areas. He led efforts to identify Marine Priority Conservation Areas from Baja California to the Bering Sea for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. He currently is Chairman of the Board for the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and holds a research faculty appointment at Bodega Marine Laboratory.
  • Karina J. Nielsen, Ph.D.Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies and Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University. Her research focuses on how climate change, ocean conditions, human activities and conservation efforts influence the diversity and ecological functioning of coastal ecosystems. She is actively engaged in scientific advising related to policy in California as co-chair of the Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team, and is a member of the Governing Council for the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System.
  • Ellen M. Hines, Ph.D.: Professor SFSU of Geography & Environment and Associate Director of Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, SFSU. Her research addresses population and community ecology of threatened and endangered marine mammals and seabirds as related to local conservation efforts and regional scale coastal and marine management science. The emphasis is on the evolution of consistent standards of field methodology and monitoring techniques, spatially explicit habitat and distribution modeling and on the creation of educational materials that can be applied to community-based conservation planning.
  • Bruce Riordan: Program Director for the Climate Readiness Institute. The CRI brings together academic experts from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Stanford and UC Davis with climate practitioners from Bay Area government agencies, non-profits and the private sector. The CRI conducts research projects and facilitates workshops on important climate adaptation and GHG reduction topics for the region. Previously, Mr. Riordan served as the Climate Strategist for the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee, where he led the Bay Area Climate & Energy Resilience Project, funded by the Kresge Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, and the JPC regional agencies. Mr.Riordan is also the Co-Founder of the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for ClimateAdaptation (ARCCA) a network of climate leaders from San Diego, L.A., the Bay Area, Sacramento, and the Sierra Nevada.

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