Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 4, 2021

Virtual Talk: “North American Rocky Intertidal Zones (Tidepools) 6/9/21

Naturally Speaking Virtual Talk: “North American Rocky Intertidal Zones (Tidepools) – A Diverse Community in Flux”

When: Wednesday, June 9th 6:30 PM Pacific time – 7:30 PM Pacific time

Where: Cabrillo National Monument Foundation’s Zoom

Who: Stephen Whitaker – marine ecologist at Channel Islands National Park

How:  Register here!

Audience: All are welcome!

Read more for details of event and presenter bio

Text for the event:
Program Description:

The Rocky Intertidal (tidepool) ecosystem is a dynamic place of constant change. In order to understand it, researchers from the National Park Service and partner-organizations have been studying the Rocky Intertidal for decades. This health check-up on the ecosystem informs conservationists and land managers about how the area is doing, how human-induced impacts might be affecting the species that live there, and how we can better preserve and protect it for generations to come. Join marine ecologist Stephen Whitaker as he discusses the results of a collaborative study performed by three universities, four national parks, and the MARINe consortium, and leave with some action-items on how you can help the National Park Service conserve this special place!

Presenter Bio:

Stephen Whitaker is a Marine Ecologist for the U.S. National Park Service at Channel Islands National Park (CINP). He has been studying coastal ecosystems in southern California for over twenty years. In his current position, Stephen is responsible for monitoring the shoreline habitats at the islands including rocky intertidal reefs and sand beaches. Stephen also logs dozens of dives annually monitoring the kelp forests at CINP. For his master’s thesis at California State University, Fullerton, he investigated factors affecting restoration success for the intertidal rockweed alga, Silvetia compressa. In 2018, Stephen returned to graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree at University of California, Santa Barbara investigating the patterns and long-term trends in the abundance and distribution of foundational species on rocky shores. Concurrently while working and schooling, he is collaborating with colleagues across multiple institutions on a largescale project to restore rockweeds across California.

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