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Aquatic Academy Fall 2018

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How will we feed an additional 2-2.5 billion people by 2100?

A new evening course at the Aquarium this fall will examine how we can feed an additional 2-2.5 billion people by 2100 and reduce our human impact on the environment. The course will also examine how climate change is impacting global agriculture and productivity. In this new normal, The Anthropocene, scientists and farmers will need to identify new crops that can withstand higher temperatures, drought, and, in coastal areas flooding as a result of sea level rise. Speakers will discuss how agriculture and food systems around the world need to change over time, what agricultural innovations are being developed, the role of genetically modified organisms and gene editing technologies like CRISPR, and how farming the sea will become an increasingly important source of animal protein. With limited class size, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and learn the latest science directly from scientists and researchers studying these topics.

Session 1

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Overview on Climate Challenges and Opportunity in Agriculture (The context, population, GCC and impacts on global agriculture)

  • Dr. Jerry R. Schubel, President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Dr. Tapan B. Pathak, Specialist in Climate Adaptation in Agriculture, UC Merced

Session 2

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Agricultural Innovation

  • AG Kawamura, Chairman, Solutions for Urban Agriculture
  • Dr. Michael R. Carter, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis

Session 3

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
GMOs and CRISPR, Can they help us reduce the impact of climate change on agricultural productivity?

  • Dr. Megan Hochstrasser , Science Communications Manager, UC Berkeley
  • Dr. Kent Bradford, Distinguished Professor and Director Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis

Session 4

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Farming the Sea

  • Dr. Halley Froehlich, Postdoctoral Associate, SNAPP Sustainable Aquaculture, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara
  • Neil Anthony Sims, Co-Founder and CEO, Kampachi Farms and Scientific Officer, Forever Oceans.

Sponsored by:

JAG Molina Family Foundation