The Fall 2016 Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Speaker Series:  Speaker List & Video Archive

Although the fall 2016 speaker series has ended, below is a rich resource of topics and materials including videos of the guest lectures.   Each fall, the Center for the Blue Economy hosts a speaker series that brings creative, pragmatic, and practice-based professionals to campus, primarily to inform and support the students in the International Environmental Policy program, but all lectures and events are also open to the public.   All events are free, and lectures are typically held on Tuesday evenings from September to December, usually 6:00-7:30pm.     Please enjoy the video archive below, and join us in fall 2017 for the next Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Speaker Series. 

Tuesday, September 6
The Risky Business of Marine Salvage
Daniel Porter:  Salvage Master / Licensed Captain, Koole Mammoet Salvage Americas



About the Topic:  Marine salvage does not fit into a tidy description.  There are only two things that all salvage projects seem to have in common:  ships and the ocean.  Each is different in circumstances and goals, has its unique challenges in engineering, weather, local people and politics.  Companies find themselves bidding on expensive and dangerous jobs where key information is not available.  Often the environment where the ship wrecked is poorly known.  The main thing that drives salvage is money.  Salvage is expensive, yet people want their ocean and their shorelines to be perfectly clean.  In the wake of a maritime accident, the ability of local people to force shipping companies to clean up varies widely.  The problem of endemic corruption in some parts of the world further complicates things.  Mr. Porter will discuss the factors which contribute to shipwrecks, and the role that policy makers have in preventing them.   Read More

About the Speaker:  Dan has been a USCG Licensed Captain for 30 years.  Much of that time he was overall manager of marine operations for mix fleets of tugs, supply boats, crew boats, barges and small craft.  He worked as an able seaman and engineer and before being issued his first captain’s license, giving him a complete understanding of operations and maintenance from the bottom up. 

Related Link:  Mammoet Salvage: Zalinski Operation – YouTube

Video of Lecture: The Risky Business of Marine Salvage

Slides from Lecture

2016-nov-18-iraq-amuriyah-refloat-13sm-4Update from Dan Porter, working in Iraq 11.18.16: 
"Things here are going well.  The last section of this tanker, which has been on the bottom for the past 25 years, is at least partially floating.  It was a technically complex process, carefully calculated by our naval architect."

Tuesday, September 13
Disparities and Realities: Socio-Economic Impacts of Climate Change
Katherine T. Egland:  Member of the National Board of Directors, Chair of the National Environmental and Climate Justice Committee, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)


About the Topic:   Industrial induced emissions contributing to climate evolution will be examined through a social justice and equity lens. The topic will explore how systemic environmental factors have disrupted our climate and broadened a health and wealth divide.  Are there realistic opportunities to bridge the gap and achieve a just transition?  Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and success stories will provide a foundation for optimism.

About the Speaker:  Katherine T. “Kathy” Egland is a civil and human rights activist. She is a member of the National Board of Directors of NAACP and chairs the National NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Committee. She resides in the Katrina/BP oil spill devastated city of Gulfport, Mississippi.  Kathy attended the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement at the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. She also attended UNFCCC COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland in 2013 and UNFCCC COP 20 in Lima, Peru in 2014 and UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris, France in Paris, 2015.  She was a presenter at the Energy and Environmental Conference in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in July 2014. Kathy was a speaker/presenter at the Peoples Climate Justice Summit’s Peoples Tribunal at the United Nations Church Center. She has participated in White House sponsored EPA Women’s Events; and testified at the Mercury Air Toxic Rule hearing in Chicago, Illinois.

Related Links:
Grist article:  "What Happens When an NAACP Leader Becomes a Climate Activist? Some Really Cool Stuff..."
Sun Herald Op Ed: "Why is equity an essential component to net-metering rules?"
NAACP Blog:  "Here's What Frontline Communities are Pushing for at the Paris Climate Talks"
Waging Non-Violence article: Climate destruction in the court of public opinion

No video of this lecture available due to technical difficulties--so sorry!

Tuesday, September 20
My Fifteen Years in International Fisheries Management: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Nicole Ricci:  RDM Marine & Fisheries Expert (MIIS Alumna, International Environmental Policy)


About the Topic: The discussion will focus on commercial marine fisheries conservation science and management in the high seas, beyond the 200 nautical mile limit. An overview of how commercial fisheries and science management is conducted among countries in various regions of the high seas, the status of commercial and associated fish stocks, a brief view of regional and international management bodies and organizations, and a few case studies will be reviewed. In addition, Nicole will discuss her career path and provide options for students to consider as they plan their studies in preparation for professional application.

About the Speaker: Nicole began her career as a Fisheries Biologist for the Federal government in the Pacific Northwest.  After earning a Master of Art in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Nicole spent one-year as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at the Oceanographer of the Navy working and then worked for various Federal government agencies on marine fisheries issues, including seven years as a as an international fisheries negotiator for the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Marine Conservation. During that time she served as the Department lead in a number of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, one of the Federal North Pacific Fisheries Council Members, and the U.S. Head of Delegation to the annual United Nation's General Assembly Sustainable Fisheries Resolution Negotiations.  Read More

Video of Lecture: My Fifteen Years in International Fisheries Management: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tuesday, September 27
Natural Resource Management in California
Valerie Termini:  Executive Director, California Fish and Game Commission (MIIS Alumna, International Environmental Policy)



About the Topic:  Description pending

About the Speaker:  Valerie Termini was appointed as the Executive Director of the California Fish and Game Commission in May, 2016.  Prior to this position, she served as staff to the Ocean Protection Council as the fisheries policy advisor for roughly 10 years. In 2015, Termini served on detail to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington D.C. serving as a climate advisor to NOAA Fisheries.  Ms. Termini holds a Master of International Environmental Policy degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. While a graduate student, she interned at the NOAA National Marine Protected Area Institute in Monterey and as a community fishery policy advisor for the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, in Micronesia. Upon receiving her master’s degree, Ms. Termini accepted a California Sea Grant fellowship at the ocean resources management program in Sacramento. Prior to graduate school, Termini served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. In her spare time, Ms. Termini thinks a lot about going to yoga one day, contemplates creating healthy yet delicious meals for her family and then orders pizza, and locates/divines missing objects. She lives with her adorable husband and clever daughter, in Davis, California.

Related Link:  California Fish and Game Commission Website

Video of Lecture: Natural Resource Management in California

Tuesday, October 4
The Global Future of Aquaculture:  Will California Play a Part?
Michael Graham:  Professor, Moss Landing Marine Labs, Co-Managing-Editor, Journal of Phycology, and Director of Research and Development at the MLML Center for Aquaculture



About the Topic:    Introduction to the US and California seafood trade deficit, and the aquaculture infrastructure in California. Discussion of strategy to enhance aquaculture industry in California, with focus on the mission of the newly formed Center for Aquaculture at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

About the Speaker:  Dr. Graham is Professor of Marine Ecology at the Moss Landing Marine Labs. His expertise is in the ecology of kelp forests in California and worldwide, with a recent expansion into the field of sustainable aquaculture. He has conducted research on kelp forest ecology around the planet (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Chile), including the discovery of new kelp forests in the deep tropical waters of the Galapagos. He is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, past-President of the Western Society of Naturalists, associate editor for the journal Ecology and managing editor for the Journal of Phycology, and is the recently appointed director of research and development of the Center for Aquaculture at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. He also owns and runs a small seaweed farm in Moss Landing (Monterey Bay Seaweeds) with his wife and family.

Related Link:  Monterey Bay Seaweeds
Moss Landing Marine Labs
Journal of Phycology

Video of Lecture: The Global Future of Aquaculture: Will California Play a Part?

Slides from Lecture

Tuesday, October 18
Advancing Coastal Resilience on a Regional-Scale: The San Diego Collaborative Model
Laura Engeman:  Manager, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative (MIIS Alumna, International Environmental Policy)


About the Topic:    A discussion of the interconnected culture and strategies that the San Diego region is using to build a community of climate resilience “practitioners”.  The talk will provide examples of how the region is collaborating on legal, economic, and scientific aspects of sea level rise and adaptation as well as finding new innovative ways to get the community engaged in the climate change conversation.

About the Speaker:  Laura became the Manager of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative in October 2013, cultivating the organization into a well-known climate change resource center for the San Diego region.  In 2015, the Climate Collaborative was recognized by the U.S. EPA as an Innovative Model for Climate Leadership, and the organization was recently awarded the only California-based Regional Coastal Resilience Grant from NOAA.  Laura has 10 years of experience in coastal resilience, including addressing sea level rise, energy policy and environmental restoration.  Prior to joining the Climate Collaborative, Laura worked for the California Ocean Protection Council and the State Coastal Conservancy providing coastal and ocean policy recommendations and co-managing a project to remove San Clemente Dam, the largest dam removal on the West Coast.  She has also worked for the Energy Foundation supporting transportation and energy efficiency policy across the U.S.  Laura received her Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Related Link:  The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative website

Video of Lecture: Advancing Coastal Resilience on a Regional-Scale: The San Diego Collaborative Model

Tuesday, October 25
Can the EU be reformed? A Case Study: The Reform of Common Fisheries Policy
Ernesto Penas Lado:  Director of the European Commission Fishery and Maritime Affairs

About the Topic:  Eurosceptics often argue that the EU "can't be reformed" because it is too complex. Yet, the reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP) in 2013 showed the contrary: a policy heavily criticized within the Union was reformed from inside to the satisfaction of its main critics. The presentation will explain how this reform was possible, what were the drivers and the challenges ahead.

About the Speaker:  Mr. Ernesto Penas Lado has been the Director of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs for the European Commission since 2007. He was critical in helping conclude the negotiations for a major reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, which was adopted in May 2013. He has worked in maritime affairs, policy, analysis and research for over 30 years. He started his long career as a marine biologist at the Instituto Español de Oceanografía in Galicia, Spain. His vast and enduring experiences in the field offer a wealth of knowledge around oceanography, policy, and research.

Video of Lecture: Can the EU be reformed? A Case Study: The Reform of Common Fisheries Policy

Slides from Lecture

Tuesday, November  1
Secure Oceans:  Recommendations for the World’s Largest Crime Scene 
Johan Bergenäs:  Senior Associate and Director of the Partnerships in Security and Development Program, The Stimson Center



About the Topic:  The pillage of the world’s oceans represents threats to vital U.S. and global economic and security interests. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that our oceans are the world’s largest crime scene due to rampant illegal fishing, trafficking of drugs, arms, and persons, and growing conflict over fishing grounds. In addition, about one billion people rely on the world’s oceans for fish as their primary source of animal protein, and an estimated 880 million people rely on it for their livelihoods. In short, there are conservation, geostrategic, economic and security reasons to make our oceans safer and to fight crimes on the seas.  Join us for a lecture from Johan Bergenäs, Director of the Partnerships in Security and Development Program at the Stimson Center and author of “Secure Oceans,” followed by a panel discussion on innovative policy and technological solutions to amplify, accelerate and strengthen the global response to protecting our oceans.  A reception with the speaker and panelists will follow the discussion.

About the Speaker:  Johan Bergenas is a Senior Associate and Director of the  Partnerships in Security and Development Program. One of Bergenas' current primary focus is "natural security" – the interlinkages between environmental challenges and U.S. national and global security – as well as on technology and public-private sector partnerships. His background cuts across a wide range of transnational security challenges - from WMD proliferation, terrorism and transnational organized crime.

Related Links:
Full text of Secure Oceans publication
Stimson Center website
Secure Oceans website--highly recommended--this is Johan's product/platform for continuing his work

Video of Lecture: Secure Oceans

Slides from Lecture

MIIS Secure Oceans Page--More Detail on Topic, Speaker, and Panelists

Tuesday, November 15
The Louisiana 2017 Coastal Master Plan: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Planning in the International Context
Mike Orbach:  Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Marine Affairs and Policy, Duke University


About the Topic:  The state of Louisiana is developing a Coastal Master Plan to deal head on with increasing floods, hurricanes, and storm water events, all of which are related to climate change.  Dr. Mike Orbach is one of their advisors. He has more than 23 years working in Marine Policy and is a member of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Science and Engineering Board that is contributing to the development of the 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. Since 2005 he has also been involved with the Ecological Institute of Berlin on issues of climate resilience. In this talk, he will compare policy responses to sea level rise in the U.S. and Northern Europe.  

About the Speaker:  Mike Orbach is Professor Emeritus of Marine Affairs and Policy in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.  He has worked as Social Anthropologist and Social Science Advisor with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Associate Director of the Center for Coastal Marine Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz; and Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at East Carolina University.  He joined the Duke Marine Laboratory in 1993, and was Director of the Marine Laboratory from 1998 to 2006 and Director of the Coastal Environmental Management Program from 1993 to 2014. Mike has performed research and has been involved in coastal and marine policy on all coasts of the U.S. and in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Europe, Alaska and the Pacific, and has published widely on social science and policy in coastal and marine environments.  He was a formal advisor to both the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Ocean Commission, has served on the Ocean Studies Board -- and is a National Associate -- of the National Research Council, and has held numerous other appointments to Boards and Commissions both public and private.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Sea Grant College Program, the Ocean Conservancy, and is a member of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Science and Engineering Board that is overseeing the development of the 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan.  Since 2005 he has been involved with the Ecological Institute of Berlin in a comparison of policy responses to sea level rise in the U.S. and Northern Europe.

Video of Lecture:  The Louisiana 2017 Coastal Master Plan: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Planning in the International Context

Slides from Lecture

Blog post nicely summarizing the lecture by independent journalist Jordan Spradlin

Tuesday, November  29
Navigating Our Way to Solutions for Marine Conservation
Larry Crowder:  Science Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment



About the Topic: Dr. Crowder will discuss how scientists at the Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment arrive at solutions for various marine issues.

About the Speaker:  Larry Crowder is the science director at the Center for Ocean Solutions.  He is also a professor of biology at Hopkins Marine Station and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, both part of Stanford University.  Previously, he was the Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology at Duke University.   Dr. Crowder's research centers on predation and food web interactions, mechanisms underlying recruitment variation in fishes, population and food web modeling in conservation biology, and interdisciplinary approaches to marine conservation He was principal investigator for a number of large interdisciplinary research projects including the South Atlantic Bight Recruitment Experiment (SABRE), OBIS SEAMAP (Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Animal Populations), and Project GLOBAL (Global Bycatch Assessment of Long-Lived Species). He has also directed and participated in a number of research, analysis, and synthesis groups at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and for the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board.  His recent research has focused on marine conservation, including research on bycatch, spatial ecological analysis, nutrients and low oxygen, sustainable seafood, ecosystem-based management, marine spatial planning, and governance. He is a AAAS Fellow and was awarded Duke University’s Scholar/Teacher of the year award in 2008-2009.

Related Links:
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Bio
Center for Ocean Solutions

Video of Lecture: Navigating Our Way to Solutions for Marine Conservation

Slides from Lecture

Thursday, December 1
Measure AA: Accelerating Climate Adaptation and Habitat Restoration in San Francisco Bay
Mr. David Lewis, Executive Director, Save The Bay



About the Topic:  In June, voters in nine counties voted by more than 70 percent to establish a regional parcel tax to fund tidal marsh restoration in San Francisco Bay.  Over the next 20 years, this tax will provide $500 million to accelerate re-establishment of wetlands that benefit endangered species, and improve flood protection for shoreline communities.  More than a decade of preparation and advocacy produced and passed this unprecedented ballot measure with broad support, to boost the nation’s largest urban climate adaptation and natural resilience project. 

About the Speaker:  For 18 years, David has led Save The Bay, the San Francisco Bay’s largest regional organization working to make the Bay cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. David has led campaigns to win legal protections for the Bay, accelerate thousands of acres of wetland restoration, and prevent filling of the Bay.  A San Francisco Bay Area native, David previously worked in the U.S. Senate and on international nuclear arms control issues in Washington, DC.  Save The Bay is the largest organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay since 1961.  With more than 60,000 members and supporters throughout the region, Save The Bay has a long record of accomplishments to make the Bay healthier for people and wildlife.

Related Links:
Save The Bay
YES on AA for the Bay
SF Bay Restoration Authority
Greening the Bay
Surviving the Storm
David Lewis LinkedIn Profile

Video of Lecture: Measure AA: Accelerating Climate Adaptation and Habitat Restoration in San Francisco Bay
Slides from Lecture


Tuesday, December  6
More Ocean, Less Plastic: Solutions to Our Global Plastic Plague

Anna Cummins:  Executive Director and Co-Founder, 5 Gyres Institute (MIIS Alumna, International Environmental Policy)



About the Topic:  The problem of plastic pollution in the oceans and environment is by now a known global threat to the health of our marine ecosystems. More complex is coming up with global solutions to this ubiquitous plague.
Anna Cummins has spent the last 10 years deeply immersed in the issue of plastic pollution, first inspired while a student at MIIS by a lecture from oceanographer Captain Charles Moore. Compelled to get more involved, Anna joined Captain Moore on a research expedition to Guadalupe Island to study the impacts of plastic on Laysan Albatross. She then joined Moore on a plastic research expedition across the North Pacific Gyre, from Hawaii to Los Angeles. It was on this expedition that Dr. Marcus Eriksen proposed, and the two decided to found a new non-profit called The 5 Gyres Institute, to expand the research on plastic pollution to all 5 subtropical gyres, swirling currents that concentrate floating debris. To raise awareness about the issue, the couple created a sailing vessel made out of 15,000 plastic bottles called the Junk Raft and sailed it from Long Beach, CA to Hawaii (see

5 Gyres’ mission is to empower solutions to the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, education, adventure, and art. In 2014, 5Gyres published the first global estimate of plastic in the oceans, as well as the first research on plastic in the Great Lakes. With a model of “science to solutions”, these expeditions yield critical evidence to leverage upstream solutions to the issue of plastic pollution.

Anna and MIIS invite you to learn how to get more involved – from changing personal behavior to becoming more deeply involved in policy and innovation

About the Speaker:  Anna Cummins received her undergraduate degree in History from Stanford University, and her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies.  Anna spent much of her early youth playing in Santa Monica storm drains and exploring beaches, experiences that sparked her interest in the land-sea connection. Anna has spent the last 20 years working in the environmental field, in marine conservation, coastal watershed management, bilingual outreach, and sustainability education.

Related Link:  The 5 Gyres Institute

Video of Lecture: The Problem of Plastics in the Ocean

Slides from Lecture

Tuesday, December 13
The Future of Seafood Sustainability
Ryan BigelowSeafood Watch Program Outreach Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium (MIIS Alumnus, International Environmental Policy)


About the Topic:  Ryan Bigelow will lead a conversation about the state and direction of the sustainable seafood movement and careers in the field.

About the Speaker:  Ryan Bigelow is the Program Engagement Manager for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. Ryan oversees all public facing aspects of the Seafood Watch program including consumer guides, the website, social media, and network of more than 180 Conservation Partner organizations. Since joining Seafood in 2010, Ryan has worked to improve the quality, transparency and accessibility of Seafood Watch’s suite of outreach tools. Ryan also leads Seafood Watch’s efforts to promote seafood sustainability to Japan and improve consumer outreach across nonprofit organizations as a member of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions. Prior to joining Seafood Watch, Ryan served for as a board member for Friends of the Sea Otter and worked extensively as a translator in Japan. He received his MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Related Links: 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program website
The Outlaw Ocean:   A series on lawlessness on the high seas, by Ian Urbina revealing that crime and violence in international waters often goes unpunished, published JULY 25, 2015

Video of Lecture: The Future of Seafood Sustainability

Slides from Lecture:  not available