Join AltaSea for a webinar with three of the leading scientists in the field of ocean innovation and conservation. The webinar will focus on the impacts that climate change is having on the ocean and marine mammals, and the innovations that are leading the 21st century approach to find solutions. More information coming soon!
Dr. Jennifer Smith is a professor in marine ecology and conservation in the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Smith’s research focuses on understanding the factors that influence community structure in marine ecosystems. Her research often goes beyond basic ecology by integrating conservation, restoration, management, and sustainability.
Dr. Sarah Purkey is an assistant professor of climate and atmospheric science and physical oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. As an oceanographer, her research is focused on quantifying temperature, salinity, and circulation changes in the global ocean, including the deep and abyssal layers – the regions of the ocean that are difficult to access with current technology. Much of her current research is focused on explaining the causes of deep warming, and advancing data collection and measurement in the global ocean.
Dr. Cara Field is the medical director at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, the world’s largest marine mammal hospital. Dr. Field earned the status of Diplomate with a specialization in aquatic marine medicine – one of only 30 veterinarians in the nation to earn that distinction. Her work is focused on managing the care and health of the Center’s marine mammal patients, spearheading numerous research projects, and teaching and mentoring the next generation of veterinarians and marine scientists.
Moderating the November 13 webinar will be the multi-Emmy award-winning journalist, Val Zavala. Zavala spent 30 years as a broadcast journalist at KCET in Los Angeles, winning numerous journalism awards. During her career, Zavala has covered a broad spectrum of Southern California issues, including politics, the environment, and the economy.