Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

Rosenberg Institute Public Forum at Romberg Tiburon Center


The Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science Public Forums bring leading local, national, and international scientists to a public forum at RTC to speak about the latest advances in their field. The Public Forum Series provides an opportunity for the public to engage with renowned scholars and to deepen their understanding and awareness of environmental issues and solutions. Forum events are held twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Ocean acidification: How does it impact the California Coast?

Human-forced emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have caused a fundamental chemical change in seawater, termed ‘ocean acidification’ (OA). The West Coast of the U.S. sits at the forefront of addressing impacts of OA, due to local oceanography and recent, catastrophic failures at oyster hatcheries over the past decade. Research along the West Coast has brought into sharp focus the potential local consequences of highly acidified seawater for aquaculture operations and California ecosystems more broadly. In response, states have mobilized in developing policy and science recommendations (e.g., WA Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel, and the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel). This talk will review the science of OA, how it is impacting the California Coast, and how the West Coast states have shown leadership in addressing this problem. 


Presented by

Dr. Tessa Hill

Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California Davis

AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow: Climate Change

2016-17 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Dr. Tessa Hill is an Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow at University of California, Davis, in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. She is resident at UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, a research station on the Northern California Coast. Tessa graduated with a B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College (1999) and a Ph.D. in Marine Science from UC Santa Barbara (2004). She was then a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis, prior to starting a faculty position. Research interests include climate change, both past and present, and understanding the response of marine species to environmental perturbation. She is part of the Bodega Ocean Acidification Research (BOAR) group at Bodega Marine Laboratory, which aims to understand the impact of ocean acidification on marine species. Tessa leads an NSF-supported program with future (pre-service) K-12 science teachers to infuse their classrooms with climate change science, and an industry-academic partnership to understand the consequences of ocean acidification on shellfish farmers. Tessa has served as an Associate Director of the UC Davis Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute since 2013.  Tessa is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, a AAAS Leshner Public Engagement Fellow, and a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers (PECASE).

The Hill Biogeochemistry Lab at Bodega Marine Laboratory
focuses on "Climate & environmental change in an Earth System context," or how climate change impacts marine ecosystems in the past, present and future, including temperature, ocean acidification, ocean productivity, and calcification.


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