Rosenberg Institute Spring 2017 Public Forum: “Ocean acidification: How does it impact the California Coast?”, 5 April 2017, Tiburon, CA

Date & time: Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

Location: Bay Conference Center at the Romberg Tiburon Centre, 3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920, United States

Human-forced emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have caused a fundamental chemical change in seawater, termed ‘ocean acidification’ (OA). The West Coast of the U.S. sits at the forefront of addressing impacts of OA, due to local oceanography and recent, catastrophic failures at oyster hatcheries over the past decade. Research along the West Coast has brought into sharp focus the potential local consequences of highly acidified seawater for aquaculture operations and California ecosystems more broadly. In response, states have mobilized in developing policy and science recommendations (e.g., WA Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel, and the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel). This talk will review the science of OA, how it is impacting the California Coast, and how the West Coast states have shown leadership in addressing this problem.

Dr. Tessa Hill is an Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow at University of California, Davis, in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. She is resident at UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. President Obama named Dr. Hill a recipient of a 2016-2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given by the government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Tessa is also a Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow in Climate Change with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Rosenberg Institute Public Forum series brings leading professionals in marine biology and environmental science to the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies to talk with community members about important discoveries and emerging issues. The Public Forum program includes a reception with light refreshments, an engaging and informative presentation by our invited speaker, followed by a short interview and an open forum for discussion with audience members led by SF State University graduate students.

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