Reducing methane emissions with seaweed

CMBC Brown Bag – April 23, 2019

Celebrate Earth Week at the CMBC Brown Bag
12:30 – 1:30
4500 Hubbs Hall
Speaker:  Laura Lilly, representing the SIO Sustainability group
Presents: The Science of Sustainable Surfing:  What goes into your surfboard, what happens when  you’re done with it, and how surfboards can help used as scientific platfomrs “

Panel of speakers:
– Dr. Phil Bresnahan, The Smartfin Project/Scripps – using surfers and surfboards as platforms for citizen science-based oceanographic data collection
– Dr. Stephen Mayfield, UCSD – Turning algae into everything from surfboards to flip-flops
– Kevin Whilden, Sustainable Surf – ECOBOARD certification, Foam to Waves, and other projects- Billy Burns, Rerip San Diego – upcycling used and broken boards into art and building materials

National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges individuals who are making an exceptional impact on ocean science, conservation or policy. Dr. Nancy Knowlton will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to coral research, science communication, and marine science education.

Dr. Nancy Knowlton is currently the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and was the founding director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, she is a world-renowned coral reef biologist, dedicated educator and mentor, and masterful science communicator. Through her work, she is developing the next generation of ocean leaders, using the power of optimism to engage them in our ocean’s most pressing problems. Young professionals whose careers have been shaped by Dr. Knowlton’s efforts span the globe as leaders and influencers, shaping US ocean policy in the halls of Congress and conducting research that combines the natural and social sciences to inform decision making.

Nancy Knowlton is a rare example of a scientist, more like a Renaissance person: researcher, educator, author, communicator, entrepreneur, creative mind,” said Dr. Enric Sala, Explorer in Residence at National Geographic. “Her natural optimism is inspiring an entire generation of young scientists to focus on solutions instead of just dwelling on describing the problems. She inspired and continues to inspire all of us.”

The Award will be presented at the Ocean Gala in Washington D.C. on June 4th during Capital Hill Ocean Week.

CMBC Special Seminar – Wed. April 3

Responses of Coral Reefs to Global Warming

Distinguished Professor Terry Hughes is the Director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, headquartered at James Cook University in Townsville. A recurrent theme in his studies is the application of new scientific knowledge towards improving management of marine environments, especially coral reefs. His publications focus on population dynamics, life histories, marine ecology, biogeography, and the responses of ecosystems to anthropogenic climate change.  In 2016, Terry was recognised by Nature magazine as one of Nature’s “Top Ten People Who Mattered This Year” for his leadership in responding to coral bleaching throughout the tropics in 2015/6, due to global warming. He has been awarded the International Society for Reef Studies’ Darwin Medal, and an Einstein Professorship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2018, Prince Albert II of Monaco presented him with the 2018 Climate Change Award, recognising his contribution to advancing understanding of the influence of rapid climate change on the world’s coral reefs.
4500 Hubbs Hall
2:30 p.m.

CMBC Brown Bag – May 7

Speaker:  Adi Khen
Presents:  Science Communication Through Art: Drawing Inspiration from the Sea
12:30 – 1:30
4500 Hubbs Hall

Adi Khen is a 4th-year PhD student in Dr. Jennifer Smith’s lab at SIO. She is interested in coral reef ecology and she studies how benthic communities are responding to global climate change and associated thermal stress events, primarily using image analysis. However, in the past several years, Adi has also developed a strong passion for scientific illustration. She is a self-taught digital illustrator, with many of her drawings now published in journals, as figures or conceptual diagrams, or as logos for different organizations worldwide; as well as in professional talks, posters, and other educational or outreach products. Adi believes that science and art are interconnected and she plans to continue to integrate the two throughout her career. In this talk, she will share insights from her journey so far and express the importance of trying to communicate science more effectively through art.

New Species to be Named

Every year researchers are discovering new species of marine creatures.

Traditionally, the person who first describes a newfound plant or animal is entitled to name it, but now, Scripps is inviting the public to share in the process by naming select newly discovered species acquired by the institution. The names can be selected by a donor and are then introduced in scientific publications that establishes the new species name permanently.

See the new species discovered on recent research trips like this  Spinther (left) a new species from Mo’orea, French Polynesia.These bizarre but beautiful worms are only found living on sponges. There are only 10 species known in the world.

CMBC Researchers Share Ocean Protection Council Award

Four researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego were awarded a collective $1 million in funding to study topics ranging from saltwater bass populations to coastal cliff erosion.
The awards from the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) are part of a larger grant to fund coastal and ocean management research projects in California. OPC was created in 2004 to help protect, conserve, and maintain healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems and the economies they support. The OPC works with diverse interests and provides the leadership needed to meet the accelerating and complex challenges of our time as set forth in the California Ocean Protection Act.

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Knowlton/Jackson Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Rashid Sumaila

January 11, 2019

Title:  Interdisciplinary collaborative ocean economics research with examples from the ‘ocean trenches’.
Dr. Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries & School for Policy and Global Studies, University of British Columbia. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, illegal fishing, climate change and oil spills. Sumaila is widely published, with over 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including in Science, Nature and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Sumaila has won a number of awards such as the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize; the 2017 Benchley Oceans Award in Science, the 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize, and the 2013 American Fisheries Society Excellence in Public Outreach Award, the Stanford Leopold Leadership Fellowship and the Pew Marine Fellowship. Sumaila was named a Hokkaido University Ambassador in 2016.

Alumni Speaker: Sheila Reddy, Ph.D. is Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, Chief Strategy Office, The Nature Conservancy. Sheila is leading an initiative to transform how we measure conservation impact using remote sensing and artificial intelligence. She also supports strategy development by ensuring strategy teams have the science they need, especially sciences newer to conservation such as economics and other behavioral sciences.
Title: New Science and Technology for Conservation Solutions

3:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium
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