Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

Rosenberg Institute Seminar Series at Romberg Tiburon Center


The Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Series brings leading local, national, and international scientists to a public forum at RTC to speak about the latest advances in science. The Seminar Series is part of a graduate level course designed to give students an opportunity to hear from and interact with experts in their fields of study. Graduate students also present talks about their own research. This experience gives them practice speaking to an audience and allows for the exchange of ideas as they conduct their thesis research.

The Series is free and open to the public, but space is limited.


All seminars are held Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Bay Conference Center (BCC) unless otherwise noted. Please enter through the 3152 Paradise Drive driveway.


Click on the title of a talk to read the abstract (if available).

Fall 2017

Date Speaker and Title
Aug 23 April Ridlon, U.C. Santa Barbara
Close Encounters: Partial Habituation of a Coral Reef Fish to Chronic Recreational SCUBA Diving

Aug 30 Dr. Andrew Chang, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Extreme ways: Great Floods, Big Blobs, and the assembly of marine communities

Sep 6 Dr. Cassia Pianca, Romberg Tiburon Center, San Francisco State University
Coastal Geomorphology Evolution from Hours to Decades: Lessons from Video Remote Sensing

Sep 13 Dr. Jenna Judge, California Sea Grant Extension Fellow
Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Working with Nature to Increase Coastal Resilience

Sep 20 Sarah Ferner, SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Richelle Tanner, SFSU & U.C. Berkeley
Ask me about climate change! A strategic approach to talking about climate change with the public

Sep 27 Dr. Christopher Edwards, U.C. Santa Cruz
Coupled Biophysical Data Assimilation and its Application to the Recent Warm Blob and El Nino

Oct 4 Dr. Ben Becker, Point Reyes National Seashore
Climate Change or Fisheries: What is Driving Long-term Trophic Level Decline in California Current Seabirds?

Oct 11 No Seminar - State of the Estuary Conference

Oct 18
RTC Graduate Student Presentations
Jeffrey Blumenthal (Hines lab)
Environmental Covariates and Oyster Drill Snail Distribution in Richardson Bay, CA

Samantha Cope (Hines lab)
Evaluating Threats to Marine Mammals from Vessel Traffic in an Urbanized Estuary

Kaytlin Ingman (Hines lab)
Long Term Trends in Baleen Whale Sightings Near the Farallon Islands California

Jane Rudebusch (Hines lab)

Anthropogenic Stressors on Sea Otters Re-settling San Francisco Bay

Oct 25
RTC Graduate Student Presentations
Jillian Burns (Kimmerer lab)
Examining larval longfin smelt diets in shoals and tidal marshes of the San Francisco Estuary

Stephanie Owens (Kimmerer lab)
Investigating the Impacts of Freshwater Flow Pulses on a Managed Floodplain

Jessica Wilson (Wilkerson lab)
Phytoplankton bloom composition in Drakes Estero before and after the removal of a commercial oyster farm

Mandy-Tanita Brinkmann (Komada lab)
Evaluating the sources of organic carbon buried in salt marsh sediments using stable carbon isotope signatures

Nov 1 11:00 AM Science Seminar
Dr. Shannon Bennett, Chief of Science and Harry W. & Diana V. Hind Dean of Science & Research Collections, California Academy of Sciences,
Title TBA


Dr. Jonathan Foley, California Academy of Sciences
Planet Vision: a New Way of Thinking about a Sustainable Future 6:00 PM Reception | 7:00 PM Public Forum
RSVP Required

Nov 8
In Bldg 39, 2nd Flr Classroom

Eric Armstrong, SFSU and U.C. Berkeley
Responding to Challenges in the Anthropocene: How Regulating Protons and Protected Areas Matters for Preserving Endangered Giant Clams

Nov 15 Dr. James Zachos, U.C. Santa Cruz
Massive Carbon Emissions, Ocean Acidification and Buffering: Insights From the Early Cenozoic

Nov 22 No Seminar - Fall Recess

Nov 29 Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett, U.C. Davis Bodega Marine Lab
Marine Heat Wave Impacts Bull Kelp Forest Ecosystems in Northern California

Dec 6 Dr. Charles Greene, Cornell University
Conservation Oceanography of the North Atlantic Right Whale

The Seminar Series is supported by generous contributions from the Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Institute at the Romberg Tiburon Center, San Francisco State University

Additional Resources

  • Join our email list above and select "Fall/Spring Seminars" to be reminded of upcoming seminars.
  • See previous seminar series here.
  • See past abstracts of talks here.
  • Suggest a speaker.


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