Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Seminars

All Springr 2021 seminars will be done remotely via Zoom.

Seminar Coordinator: Matt McCarthy

For disability-related accommodations: call (831) 459-4730 or email Rondi Robison


    April 2

  • TBD

  • April 9

  • Marilyn Fogel, UC Riverside

    *Special Seminar time at 12 PM*
    Geoecology through the lens of a stable isotope biogeochemist. A story of a rich career in science.

    The seminar will describe Fogel’s career as it relates to the scientific discoveries she made along her way through a fifty-year career (1970 to 2020).  Often it is said that an individual’s impact on scientific thought is incremental. This observation is undoubtedly true, but without many scientists making incremental progress big paradigm shifts and breakthroughs might not happen. Fogel will talk about about studies that began simply and modestly and ended with surprising results, as well as studies that began with fanfare and fizzled. The uncertainty in science is what keeps scientists going and working on the incremental science that may lead to bigger breakthroughs.

  • April 16

  • Emmanuel Boss, University of Maine

    Four disruptive technologies that are revolutionizing sensing of the oceans

    The maker movement (cheap electronics + sharing), automated microscopy,  autonomous platforms and small footprint satellites have been revolutionizing oceanography, opening a variety of new avenues for research and requiring a different education model. In this talk I will summarize a few activities my lab has been involved in associated with these disruptive technologies and why I am very optimistic for the future of our field in coming years.

  • April 23

  • TBD

  • April 30

  • Anitra Ingalls, University of Washington

    Particulate and dissolved metabolite signatures of marine microbial communities: taxonomy, metabolic pathways and the carbon cycle

  • May 7

  • Brian Popp, University of Hawaii

  • May 14

  • Kim Cobb

    Corals and climate change - from impacts to solutions


    The global-scale coral bleaching and mortality event that took place in 2016 brought into sharp relief the near-term impacts of continued ocean warming on global reefs. In this talk, Kim Cobb will use a large database of coral paleoclimate records to probe the history of ocean temperature extremes, from the pre-industrial to modern period. In doing so, she will place the 2016 global-scale coral bleaching and mortally event in a longer-term context, and discuss their implications for future climate trends and extremes. The recent spate of climate change-related extremes provides a backdrop for Dr. Cobb’s reflection on her own journey as a climate scientist, the lessons it holds for shaping a sustainable climate future, and how science can and must evolve to meet the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

  • May 21

  • Kelton M,

    Atoms to Ecosystems: Molecular isotope approaches to studying of food web architecture in an age of global change

  • May 28

  • TBD