CANCELLED - WALKING TOUR: Carpinteria Salt Marsh; How Will Sea Level Rise Impact California's Vanishing Coastal Wetlands?
Join Andrew Brooks, Director of the University of California Natural Reserve System's Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, for a one hour and a half walking tour of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh. Dr. Brooks will discuss the impacts of sea level rise on the flora and fauna that depend on healthy coastal ecosystems such as the Carpinteria Salt Marsh and how the loss of these critical habitats will impact humans living in the coastal zone. Directions: Meet at the entrance to the UC Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve at the end of Estero Way in Carpinteria - https://carpinteria.ucnrs.org/
Dr. Andrew Brooks is a population and community ecologist with additional expertise in fisheries ecology. His most recent work focuses on the relationship between reef fish communities and habitat diversity in coral reef ecosystems and the ecological roles that reef fishes play in enhancing reef resilience. Dr Brooks has extensive experience working in estuarine and temperate, rocky reef ecosystems as well as with the unique fish assemblages found in association with offshore oil and gas platforms. He received his B.A. in Biology with honors and distinction from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, a certificate in Fisheries Biology and Management from the University College of North Wales in Bangor, Wales, U.K. where he was a Rotary International Scholar and his M.A. and PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from the University of California, in Santa Barbara, California where he was presented with the University of California’s University Award of Distinction. Currently Dr Brooks serves as a Senior Project Scientist with the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is the Director of the University of California Natural Reserve System’s Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve. Dr Brooks is the Deputy Program Director for the US NSF funded Moorea Coral Reef Long-term Ecological Research site on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia. He is the author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters on the ecology of estuarine and coral reef fishes. Dr Brooks routinely presents the findings of his work at numerous scientific conferences both nationally and internationally.