Dr. Veronica Vriesman is a marine scientist with broad interests in climate change and biomineralization. She studies connections between mollusc shells and ocean changes through time. She is especially interested in environmental impacts on bivalve biomineralization, and how we can use shell archives to reveal past environmental conditions over seasonal to millennial scales. Veronica earned her PhD in 2022 from the Ocean Climate Lab in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UC Davis. As an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, she studied the shell of the culturally and ecologically significant California mussel to evaluate its utility as a paleoceanographic archive. Veronica is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
Dr. Patrick Martone is a professor and phycologist in the Botany Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC). For nearly twenty years, Patrick has been studying the biology and biodiversity of seaweeds in the NE Pacific. Research in his lab focuses on a wide range of topics from cell wall chemistry and tissue development, through ecophysiology and evolution, to ecological interactions and community structure. Patrick is passionate about teaching the wonders of seaweed, inspiring hundreds of students at UBC and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. He has developed a mobile app for iPhone and Android called the “Seaweed Sorter” that helps users identify (and fall in love with) more than 100 seaweed species along the NE Pacific coast. Patrick is the Vice-President / President-Elect of the Phycological Society of America.
Mike Jacox is a physical oceanographer working for NOAA at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Monterey, CA and the Physical Sciences Laboratory in Boulder, CO. His primary research focus is on physical-biological interactions in the ocean and their connections to climate, particularly in the northeast Pacific. Recently, he has focused on ocean variability and change off the US West Coast, including extreme events such as marine heatwaves, and the response of marine ecosystems from phytoplankton to top predators. Dr. Jacox is currently leading new efforts to develop end-to-end assessments of climate impacts on US west coast fisheries, including seasonal forecasts and centennial-scale projections of ocean conditions, distributions of targeted and bycatch species of interest to US fisheries, socio-economic impacts of changing living marine resources, and evaluations of fisheries management strategies in a changing climate. He holds a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Bridgette Clarkston is an Associate Professor of Teaching at the University of British Columbia and avid algae enthusiast. For 17 years, Bridgette has been studying, teaching and communicating about algae to scientific peers, university students and the general public. One of her proudest professional achievements has been to co-author the field guide, Pacific Seaweeds: A Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast, with her long time mentor and friend, Dr. Louis Druehl.
Dr. Alison Gould is a Research Scientist at the California Academy of Sciences studying the critical, yet complex, relationships between marine organisms and bacteria. Her research primarily focuses on bioluminescent symbiosis between fish in the Siphamia genus and luminous bacteria in the vibrio family. This highly specific and tractable vertebrate-bacteria association is providing new insights into the mechanisms that regulate the formation and maintenance of microbial symbiosis from an evolutionary scale down to the molecular level.
Roxanne Banker is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nevada Las Vegas working with Dr. Carrie Tyler. She is broadly interested in how ecological interactions at multiple scales of biological organization affect organismal and community responses to climate change in modern and ancient ecosystems. For her seminar, she will focus on her recent postdoctoral work reconstructing food web networks and examining community structure from fossil communities spanning the Mesozoic Marine Revolution, a period of time ~250 to 65 Million years ago (Ma) during which marine communities experienced marked increases in functional diversity and primary productivity..
Christopher Edwards is a professor in the Ocean Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his BS from Haverford College in 1988 and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1997. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research scientist at the University of Connecticut before becoming a faculty member at UC Santa Cruz in 2002. Dr Edwards’ research centers on the development and analysis of regional ocean models and methods of data assimilation used for studying ocean circulation, biogeochemistry and fisheries. His research presently focuses on physical and biological interactions within the California Current System, the collection of ocean currents off the U.S. west coast.
Mallarie is a postdoctoral researcher at UCSC working with Dr. Pete Raimondi, Dr. Mark Carr and Dr. Will White at Oregon State University. She is broadly interested in how spatial processes interact with local factors to shape both population and community dynamics. For her seminar she will first share some of her past work from her Masters and Doctorate, looking at how factors like local landscape features and functional diversity influence trophic interactions and stability of fish communities. Then, she will present on ongoing findings from her work at UCSC using demographic population models parameterized by ROMS and fish survey data to assess connectivity of kelpforest fisheries across the California MPA network.
Dr. Dave Ebert, Director of the Pacific Shark Research Center, has devoted his life to studying the ocean’s most elusive, dangerous and yet fascinating predator - the shark! Author of 35 books, including the popular “Sharks of the World”, and over 700 publications, Dave holds numerous positions including past President of the American Elasmobranch Society, Scientific Advisor to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences and South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, and the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. A popular television guest, Dave has appeared on various programs for the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show and NBC News. As a regular on Shark Week, Dave has lead expeditions in search of the rarest, most elusive sharks in the world. He has even discovered new shark species while filming on location. Dave is co-host of the popular podcast Beyond Jaws, where he shares stories from his latest explorations and interviews leaders in the field.
Frank Fish is a Professor of Biology at Westchester University, he received his BA from SUNY at Oswego and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His research focus on the energetics and hydrodynamics of vertebrate swimming, with particular regard to propulsive modes and the evolution of aquatic mammals. This research is accomplished by examination of morphological structures with computer tomography (CT scans), biomechanics with motion analysis and computer digitizing, and exercise physiology by measurement of metabolic performance with oxygen consumption. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and has applications in the field of biomimetics and bioinspiration of engineered systems.