Environmental Impacts from an ‘Ocean’ of Humans
Lecture date: July 25, 2013
Jesus Reyes discusses pressures on California’s coastal aquatic environments derived from highly developed urban and residential zones and their diverse, extensive activities. Among several anthropogenic pressures, the entry and bioaccumulation of contaminant chemicals presents a particularly challenging and complex problem, given the potential impact of these chemicals on health of wild organisms and, by extension, ecosystems. Although thousands of compounds are detectable, only about 200 are routinely monitored and regulated by governmental agencies. “Contaminants of emerging concern” (CECs) include pharmaceuticals, new-use pesticides, personal use compounds, and various industrial chemicals. Understanding whether and to what degree specific compounds persist in the environment and affect organism health is critical for effective management and sustainability of California’s environments. Reyes is the president and cofounder of the Pacific Coast Environmental Conservancy (PCEC). He also teaches science courses at CSULB and other regional colleges, in environmental, marine and physiological sciences.