Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

Rosenberg Institute Seminar Series at Romberg Tiburon Center


The Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Series brings leading local, national, and international scientists to a public forum at RTC to speak about the latest advances in science. The Seminar Series is part of a graduate level course designed to give students an opportunity to hear from and interact with experts in their fields of study. Graduate students also present talks about their own research. This experience gives them practice speaking to an audience and allows for the exchange of ideas as they conduct their thesis research.

The Series is free and open to the public, but space is limited.


All seminars are held Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Bay Conference Center (BCC) unless otherwise noted. Please enter through the 3152 Paradise Drive driveway.


Click on the title of a talk to read the abstract (if available).

Spring 2017

Date Speaker and Title Host
Jan 25 Tomoko Komada, RTC/SFSU
Investigating the diet of sea-floor microbes: Clues from isotopic and molecular composition of pore-water

Feb 1 Max Czapanskiy, RTC Grad Student
Research in progress: Spatial distribution of seabirds with respect to wind

Feb 8 Alison Gould, UC Berkeley
Shedding light on symbioses: lessons from a bioluminescent vertebrate-microbe association

Feb 15 Robyn Crook, San Francisco State University
Linking sensory neuron plasticity to adaptive, injury-induced behavior in cephalopods

Feb 22 Chris Janousek, Oregon State University
Sea-level rise and Pacific coast salt marshes: impacts on plant productivity, community structure,
and decomposition

Mar 1 Chela Zabin, Smithsonian Enviromental Research Center
Restoration of native species in highly modified estuaries

Mar 8 Melissa Nelson, San Francisco State University
Indigenous knowledge of marine systems from coastal tribes and canoe cultures

Mar 15 Philip King, San Francisco State University
The economics of sea level rise: A case study in southern Monterey Bay

Mar 22 No Seminar - Spring Break

Mar 29 Tue Jorgensen, RTC/Univ. of Copenhagen
Transcriptomic profiling of the
Acartia tonsa embryo

Apr 5 Tessa Hill, UC Davis

11:00 AM Science Talk
Ocean acidification: Science, solutions, and stepping out of our comfort zones

6:30 PM Public Talk
Ocean acidification: How does it impact the California Coast?

Apr 12 TBA

Apr 19 Kristy Kroeker, UCSC
Forecasting the emergent effects of ocean change: embracing interactions

Apr 26 Sherry Tamone, University of Alaska Southeast
Applications of endocrinology to the management of commercially important crustaceans in Alaska

May 3 RTC Poster Social

May 10 Rosemary Romero, UC Berkeley
Population dynamics of green tide macroalgae in the central SF Bay


The Seminar Series is supported by generous contributions from the Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Institute at the Romberg Tiburon Center, San Francisco State University

Additional Resources

  • Join our email list above and select "Fall/Spring Seminars" to be reminded of upcoming seminars.
  • See previous seminar series here.
  • See past abstracts of talks here.
  • Suggest a speaker.


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