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Saturday, October 22 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Reshaping Our Relationship to the Ocean

We are increasingly discovering how crucial our oceans and their creatures are in making life possible. Oceans generate much of the world's oxygen and rainfall, sequester a lot of its excess carbon, regulate global climate, and provide food for billions. Fortunately there are visionary leaders who are helping us rethink and reshape our dangerously broken relationship to the seas. Time to get with the program, and here’s how. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Bioneers Director of Strategic Initiatives. With: Bren Smith, of Greenwave, a pioneer of “restorative 3D ocean farming;" Steve Gaines, Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara; Madhavi Colton, Coral Reef Alliance.


Workshop Speakers
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Madhavi Colton

Madhavi Colton, Ph.D., a marine biologist with extensive experience linking science, resource management, conservation, and policy, is Associate Programs Director at the Coral Reef Alliance, where she manages a diverse portfolio of projects aimed at improving our ability to manage coral reefs, working with researchers from around the world to develop new approaches to promoting coral adaptation to a changing climate via natural processes.
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Steve Gaines

Steven Gaines, Ph.D, Dean and Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on sustainable fisheries, marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. He is also a principal investigator for the Sustainable Fisheries Group, seeking scalable solutions for the world's fisheries through partnerships among researchers, industry, NGOs, and... Read More →
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Teo Grossman

Teo Grossman, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Bioneers, previously worked on a range of projects from federal range management to state-level assessments of long-range planning to applied research on topics including climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and ecological networks. A Doris Duke Conservation Fellow during graduate school, Teo holds an MS in Environmental Science & Management from UC-Santa Barbara.
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Bren Smith

Thimble Island Ocean Farm and GreenWave
Bren Smith, owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and Executive Director of GreenWave, a lifelong commercial fisherman since age 14, has pioneered "restorative 3D ocean farming" to restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change, create blue-green jobs for fishermen, and ensure healthy food for communities. Winner of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize for ecological design and the Clinton Global Initiative award for ocean innovation, he is an... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
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