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SDAG Monthly Meeting - Joint Meeting with SCGS
4th Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Location: El Adobe Restaurant
31891 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano
Phone: (949)493-1163

Take I-5 to the Ortega Highway exit, go west. Ortega Hwy dead-ends into Camino Capistrano (after 3 blocks); turn left and go about 11/2 blocks. El Adobe Restaurant is on the right side of the street. Parking lot is behind building. Additional parking can be found across the street...or...
Amtrak (El Adobe is 3 blocks south of the train station).
happy hour
6:00pm -
Social hour  

Menu: Mexican Dinner with Cash Bar

7:00pm -

Cost: $45.00 for non-members, $40.00 for members, $20.00 for students.
if pre-registered by the deadline, $5 extra if you did not make a reservation. Click the SDAG member checkbox on the reservation form if you are a member.

Reservations: Make your reservation online by clicking the button below no later than NOON, Monday, June 24
Late reservations/cancellations are preferred over walk-ins or no-shows. Fees payable at the meeting or pre-pay with PayPal.
There also will be a phone credit card reader at the meeting.

If you are a current SDAG member and are not getting e-mail announcements,
make sure the SDAG secretary has your correct e-mail address.

8:00pm -

"Recovering our Future -The Past, Present, and Future of Coastal Wetlands"

Speakers: Dr. Holland & Dr. Whitcraft - CSU Long Beach

Abstract: Coastal wetlands around the world are threatened by all types of anthropogenic activity including fragmentation, pollution and overexploitation. This has significantly reduced not only the quantity but the quality of coastal wetland habitat. Our research evaluates how these activities have changed the structure (e.g. who is there) and the function (e.g. what are they doing while there) of the wetland habitats. Specifically, first, the production of plastic around the world has rapidly increased since the 1950s leading to large amounts of plastic entering the environment. Understanding the amount and types of this plastic pollution as well as the impacts on the health and abundance of associated marine organisms is key to developing effective management for plastic pollution.

Next, as the impacts of human activities have been better documented in southern California, restoration has been used as a tool to deal with this loss and degradation. Our collaborative research focuses on paired oyster and seagrass restoration conducted at four sites within Upper Newport Bay, California. Preliminary results show that the invertebrate community exhibits site-specific changes in response to restoration and is greatly reduced in abundance and diversity immediately under the oyster shell themselves. The fish community was observed to utilize both complex habitats. In addition, it is likely that sedimentation, pollution and other abiotic factors might also impact the health of the oysters themselves. Restoration experiments, like these, are also key to helping design effective restoration projects throughout southern California.

Dr. Erika Holland, an assistant professor of aquatic toxicology in the Department of Biological Sciences, focuses her research on the impacts of pollution in the environment working across areas of pollutant detection, molecular biology, organism behavior or ecology. Holland's ongoing projects include developing cellular tools to identify and describe harmful chemicals, addressing the health of oysters in Newport Bay and understanding the presence and risk of debris, namely plastics, in southern California waters. Holland grew up in northern New Mexico, hiking the mesas outside the rural city of Aztec, and received her B.S. degree from San Diego State University and doctorate of Philosophy in Pharmacology and Toxicology, working in Isaac Pessah's laboratory at University of California, Davis

Dr. Christine Whitcraft is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Born and raised in Maryland, her major area of interest is coastal wetland ecology, focusing on the impact of anthropogenic activities on functioning of brackish and salt marshes. Specifically, Whitcraft investigates restoration strategies, impacts of invasive plants and climate change-related impacts. Additional research interests include invertebrates in oxygen minimum zone habitats and foraging behavior of California Least Terns. She received her B.A. in Biology from Williams College, Williamstown MA, and Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from University of California, San Diego, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her postdoctoral research was a CALFED position at San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve until she started at CSULB in 2008.

Upcoming SDAG meetings - 2019

July 17: Diana Lindsay - Mongolia

August 28 [4th Wednesday]: Rob Hawk - TBD

September: NO MEETING (Field Trip September 27 - 29)

Meetings are usually scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday evening of the month. Meeting information on this website is normally updated the second week of the month.

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