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. If you have a large group, you can reserve seats for any of our seminars at Eventbrite.

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).

Spring 2016

Date Speaker and Title
Jan 27 Sam Ayyagari (Cohen Lab)
Examining the Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I Functional Diversity in the Rainwater Killifish (Lucania parva)

Alison Fisher (Carpenter Lab)

Ocean Acidification Effects on Photosynthetic Symbionts in the Sea Anemone Anthopleura xanthogrammica

Stephanie Saffouri (Boyer Lab)
The impacts of invasive Limonium on a native congener in San Francisco Bay marshes
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Feb 3 Sarah Cohen, Professor of Biology, SF State
A tour of tunicates and molecular recognition systems

Ellen Hines, Professor of Geography, SF State
Line transect estimates of Irrawaddy dolphin abundance along the eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand

Jonathon Stillman, Professor of Biology, SF State
Transcriptomic response of juvenile red king crab (RKC) to ocean acidification and warming
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Feb 10 Piero Mazzini, Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Exchange processes in the estuary-ocean interface

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Feb 17 Nirnimesh Kumar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Future of Nearshore Processes along the California Coast

Feb 24 No Seminar - Ocean Sciences Meeting
Mar 2 Timu Gallien, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Coastal flood prediction and management: bathtubs, beaches, backshores and bulldozers
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Mar 9 Lissa MacVean, University of California Berkeley, Civil & Environmental Engineering
The power of the perimeter: how flows and transport in an estuary are influenced by the shallows
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Mar 16 Marisol Garcia Reyes, Farallon Institute
Under pressure: Climate Change, Upwelling, and Eastern Boundary Upwelling Ecosystems
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Mar 23 No seminar - Spring Break
Mar 30 Frank Shaughnessy, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University
Good Friends: Growth and Flowering Responses of Eelgrass to Grazing by Brant Geese
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Apr 6 Sean Place, Sonoma State University
Epigenetic regulation and local adaptation in marine mussels
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Apr 13 no seminar-rescheduled to May 4
Apr 20 Gregg Verutes, Natural Capital Project, Stanford University
Empowering Stakeholders and Decision Makers with Natural Capital Information
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Apr 27 Anne Salomon, School of Resource & Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

11:00 AM Science Talk
Tipping Points, Adaptation and Transformation in Coupled Human-Ocean Systems
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6:30 PM Public Talk
Adapting to Surprise in Our Coastal Ocean: Lessons from Ecology, Archaeology and Indigenous Knowledge
Watch the Spring Public Forum

May 4 Andreas Andersson, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Near-shore Carbon Dynamics in the Context of Anthropogenic Ocean Acidification
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May 11 Suzanne Edmands, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
Moving beyond Drosophila envy: the genetics of speciation in a marine invertebrate
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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

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  • Download the current seminar series here.
  • See previous seminar series here.
  • See past abstracts of talks here.
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