The Ocean and Coastal Management Speaker Series

Innovative thinkers addressing pressing, real-world issues

When:  Each Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (unless otherwise noted)

Where:  The McGowan Building, room 102 at 411 Pacific Street, Monterey California

What:  The primary purpose of this speaker series is to introduce incoming International Environmental Policy Studies students who are pursuing the Ocean and Coastal Resource Management concentration to a wide range of cutting-edge topics.  The series will include topics from the local to international levels across many disciplines, with an emphasis on the policy and economic implications.

Who:  The series is open to all students and any member of the public interested in marine policy.

September 2014

Tuesday, September 2nd

Professor Jason Scorse

Jason Scorse

CBE Director with
Professors Zarsky & McGinnis

The CBE Research Agenda

Click here for a profile of Jason Scorse

Tuesday, September 9th


Dennis Long

Executive Director,
The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation

California MPA Partnership Plan: Critical Success Factors

Tuesday, September 16th


Paul Grist

President and Chairman, Archon Energy

Topic TBD

Tuesday, September 23rd


Mark Spalding

President, The Ocean Foundation

No silver bullets: innovative and holistic thinking to move the needle on coastal and ocean conservation

Click here for a description of the talk and profile of Mark Spalding

October 2014

Thursday, October 2nd


John Bourgeois

Executive Project Manager, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, California State Coastal Conservancy

South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project: Applying Adaptive Management to Large Scale Habitat Restoration

Tuesday, October 7th



Eric Pacheco & Ben Halpern

Erich is Manager of the Ocean Health Index, Conservation International

Ben is Professor of Marine Biology, UC-Santa Barbara

Ocean Health Index Regional Assessments: A Tool to Inform Decision-Making and Maximize Sustainable Ocean Benefits

Click here for a profile of Ben Halpern

Tuesday, October 21st


John Amos

President, SkyTruth

Hijinks on the High Seas: Will Satellite Surveillance Tame the Last Frontier

Tuesday, October 28th


Larry Goldzband

Executive Directory, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

A Rising Bay, Flooding Shorelines, and Increasing Expectations: Responding Regionally to Climate Change in the Bay Area

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November 2014

Tuesday, November 4th


Heather Tomley

Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach

Greening the Port: Prioritizing environmental improvements into management of the Port of Long Beach

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Tuesday, November 11th


Dan Reineman

Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford Earth Sciences Department

An Alternative Approach to Assessing Sea-Level Rise Impacts

Tuesday, November 18th



Phil King & Fernando DePaolis

Phil is Associate Professor of Economics and Chair, San Francisco State University

Fernando is Associate Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Adapt Monterey

Tuesday, November 25th


Serge Dedina

Executive Director, Wildcoast

New Tools for Coastal and Marine Conservation in California and the Baja California Peninsula

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December 2014

Tuesday, December 2nd


Phyllis Grifman

Associate Director, Sea Grant Program, University of Southern California

Science, Policy, and the Public: The Role of Sea Grant

Tuesday, December 9th


Margaret Spring

Vice President of Conservation and Science, Monterey Bay Aquarium

U.S. Fishery Reform: A Saga of Law, Policy, and Markets

Click here for a profile of Margaret Spring