September 17, 2012
California and the Ocean: Leader and Laggard
This fall the Aquarium will host an Aquatic Academy course, California and the Ocean: Leader and Laggard, which will examine what can be done in California to both protect nature and accommodate human activities to stimulate local and regional economies.
The Aquarium’s Aquatic Academy courses feature experts in science and policy to discuss current conservation and ecology issues related to the ocean, allowing residents of Long Beach and greater Los Angeles to learn about complex topics directly from those who are working to address them. Because the coastal ocean in California is already intensely urbanized and population is projected to grow, the stakes are high for both marine life and humans. How can science and technology help us find the balance and make Southern California’s urban ocean an international model?
Speakers in the course will include Dilip Khatri, principal structural engineer, URS Corporation; John Orcutt, distinguished professor, UCSD-SIO; Richard Katz, president, Richard Katz Consulting; Don Kent, president, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute; Joe Matthews, fellow, New America; Mike Chrisman, head, Southwest Partnership Office of NFWF; Michael B. Jones, president, The Maritime Alliance; Barry A. Sanders, president, Recreation and Parks Commission, City of LA; Frances Spivy-Weber, State Water Resources Control Board, and Jerry Schubel, president and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific.