Events & Media: Francisco Chavez

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



"Observing and Managing our Changing Ocean"

Francisco Chavez
Senior Scientist
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Physical and biological processes in the ocean vary at a multitude of scales. The major modes of global interannual to multidecadal variability in the ocean are first described and their biological consequences discussed. The impacts on the California and Peru upwelling ecosystems are then used as case studies with a focus on salmon and anchoveta, the most abundant marine resource. The presentation ends with thoughts about how change can and should be incorporated into science and management.

Francisco Chavez is a biological oceanographer interested in how climate variability and change modulate ocean ecosystems on local and global scales. He was born and raised in Peru and has a BS from Humboldt State and a PhD from Duke University. He was one of the founding members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where he has pioneered time-series research and the development of new instruments and systems to make this type of research sustainable. Dr. Chavez has authored or co-authored more than one hundred peer-reviewed papers, with ten in Nature and Science. He is a past member of the National Science Foundation Geosciences Advisory Committee, was involved in the development of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), and is a member of the Governing Board of the Central and Northern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) and the Science Advisory Team for the California Ocean Protection Council. Dr Chavez is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences, having been honored for distinguished research on the impact of climate variability on oceanic ecosystems and global carbon cycling. The Universidad Pedro Ruiz Gallo in Peru honored him with a Doctor Honoris Causa in recognition of his distinguished scientific career and for contributing to elevate academic and cultural levels of university communities in particular and society in general.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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