Upcoming Events  - All events are open to the public

October 28 - Dr. Laurence McCook - ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
CMBC Brown Bag - 4500 Hubbs Hall - 12:30 - 1:30
Success and failure in managing an iconic world heritage area Part 1: The Great BarrierReef as a globally significant case study

The Great Barrier Reef is an iconic natural system, of spectacular beauty, environmental and social/cultural and economic value. It has been viewed as world’s best practice in marine protection and management, including zoning 33% of its area in a marine reserve network 10 years ago, and regular review of environmental condition and management effectiveness.Yet between the 2009 and 2014 Outlook Reports, the condition of the Reef has declined markedly, with losses in corals, seagrasses and iconic animals such as dugong. After 15 years of building a strong and engaged community engagement, in the last year, many stakeholders and community groups have become vocal critics, with a Senate Inquiry into management. Issues such as dredging and coastal development have become very controversial, prompting the World Heritage Committee to consider listing the Reef as in danger. This talk will explore the inter-play betweenecology, governance and effective conservation, using the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area as a globally significant case study. We’ll finish with a brief workshop on potential solutions, and how marine science can contribute.

November 18 - Dr. Steve Gittings - Director of Science, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
CMBC Brown Bag - 4500 Hubbs Hall - 12:30 - 1:30
Measuring the 'Quality of Life' in National Marine Sanctuaries
A persistent challenge for marine sanctuaries is tracking and understanding changing conditions, and evaluating those conditions in the context of the foundational goal of "ecological integrity." Restrictive federal budget climates limit fieldwork and observing infrastructure, making it critical to engage partners and combine forces to accomplish ocean monitoring and research needs. Condition reports have been prepared for all the marine sanctuaries using this approach, and some new approaches will be incorporated into the next round of reports. Specifically, we will give greater consideration of social drivers that influence the pressures on sanctuary resources, and the evaluation of the level to which ecosystem services are being provided. We are also attempting to attract more interest in conducting research in the sanctuaries by organizing efforts around a "sentinel site" concept, which will enhance access to information, facilitate the integration of partner efforts, and produce greater collective outcomes. One example is a recently-awarded project to use three sanctuaries as demonstration sites for the creation of the first national marine biodiversity observing network.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Speaker:  Ray Troll

Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Change
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Munk Lab (IGPP303)
Details:  Alaskan artist Ray Troll (http://www.trollart.com) will share the twists and turns of his unique fish inspired career. 

Ray draws and paints "fishy" images.  He brings street-smart sensibility to the world of ichthyology and paleonthology.  He has co-authored and illustrated 9 books.  His work has been displayed at the Smithsonian and he has lectured at Harvard, Cornell and Yale.

Friday, January 16, 2015
3rd Annual Knowlton-Jackson Lecture in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Distinguished Speaker:  Jim Toomey, Cartoonist, Sherman's Lagoon
"Drawing Inspiration from the Sea"
2:00 - 4:30 - Scripps Seaside Forum  
For the past 20 years, Jim Toomy has been writing and drawing the daily comic strip, Sherman's Lagoon, which is syndicated to over 250 newspapers in North American and 30 foreign countries.  Shermans' Lagoon combines two of his life-long passions: art and the sea.

In addition to drawing his comic strip, Jim is active in marine conservation. His comic characters and other illustrations appear in educational materials published by NOAA, the United Nations, and a variety of other non-profit organizations.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Duke University, a Masters of Arts from Stanford University, and recently returned to Duke to earn a Masters of Environmental Management.