Events & Seminars

February 27, 2018  CMBC BROWN BAG
Speaker:  Melanie Hutchinson,JIMAR Fisheries Bycatch Researcher
Title: Developing strategies to reduce shark mortality in local and high seas fisheries
The incidental capture of sharks in commercial fisheries targeting tuna and billfish is having a negative impact on pelagic shark populations. Due to finning bans most sharks are no longer retained and are discarded at sea. Recent studies have shown that some shark species sustain high levels of post release mortality due to injuries incurred during the fishing interaction. Researchers have identified the three main factors that lead to mortality in sharks; 1) the physiology of the species where some are more susceptible to the lethal effects of stress, 2) the duration of the interaction and 3) the methods used to release the animal. Our research focus is on identifying the underlying behaviors and environmental conditions that lend species vulnerable to fisheries capture to inform conservation engineering efforts and management measures. Currently we are collaborating with the Pacific Islands Regional Observer Program (PIROP) and local commercial fishers to quantify post release mortality rates and assess the effects that handling and discard practices have on release condition and survivability of sharks captured in the Hawaii and American Samoa-permitted tuna longline fisheries and in local small-scale tuna and billfish fisheries.

12:00 – 1:00  4500 Hubbs Hall
Speaker:  Dr. Russell Arnott, University of Bath
Title:  Micro-plants and mixing: using 3D printed phytoplankton to study turbulence and engage the public

The 30,000+ species of phytoplankton exhibit remarkable variations in their shapes and sizes but too often, they are modelled as overly simple shapes! As well as different shapes, they also have countless mechanisms to help them get an upper hand in different environments particularly ones with different levels of turbulent mixing.

BIO: Russell Arnott is a researcher at the University of Bath, England as well as the educational consultant for Incredible Oceans – a marine education charity based in the UK. During this presentation, Russell will discuss how he uses his 3D-printed phytoplankton to research their hydrodynamic behaviour in different turbulent environments going on to showcase some of the educational outreach that he is involved with.

May 4, 2018  – Knowlton/Jackson Distinguished Speaker:  Naomi Oreskes
Title: TBD
Alumni speaker: Nick Obradovich
3:30 – 5:00
Robert Paine Scripps Forum Auditorium

An evening with Jeremy J.B. Jackson
Former director of CMBC talks about his new book with co-author Steve Chapple (MAS-MBC Alumnus)
Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises
Robert Pain Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

June 6, 2018
MAS-MBC Annual Capstone Symposium
9:00 – 5:00
Robert Pain Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium

January 11, 2019 Knowlton/Jackson Distinguished Speaker:  Rashid Samalia
Alumni Speaker: Sheila Walsh Reddy
3:30 – 5:00
Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium