Events Schedule

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To stimulate intellectual exchange relevant to solving important environmental issues, the Bren School regularly hosts prominent experts from around the world, who present their ideas and achievements at a variety of events. These workshops, conferences, seminars, panels, and colloquia ensure that the school remains a lively intellectual center at the forefront of environmental knowledge. We invite you to attend the presentations listed here, and to peruse the "Recent Events" (right-hand column, below) and the "Events Archive" to find out more about a range of related subject matter.

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Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 12:00-4:00
Bren Hall 1414
2017 PhD Student Symposium
Learn about diverse cutting-edge research being conducted at the Bren School (more)

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, 11:30-12:30
Bren Hall 1414
Bren Seminar, Eric McFarland, Professor of Chemical Engineering, UCSB — "Plan B: Fossil Fuels Without CO2." (more)

Monday, March 6, 2017, 11:30-12:30
Bren Hall 1414
Bren Seminar, Andre de Roos, Professor of Theoretical Ecology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam — "The Consequences of Individual Life History and Energetics for the Dynamics, Structure and Management of Multi-trophic Ecological Communities." (more)

Monday, March 13, 2017, 11:30-12:30
Bren Hall 1414
Bren Seminar, Christina Voigt, Professor of Law, University of Oslo — "The Paris Agreement in Climate Change is in Force - What Now?"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 11:30-12:30
Bren Hall 1414
Community Colloquium, Jean Wiener, Founder and Director, Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine — Details TBA.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 11:30-12:30
Bren Hall 1414
Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change, Dale Jamieson, Professor, Environmental Studies and Philosophy; Affiliated Professor of Law; Affiliated Professor of Medical Ethics; Chair, Department of Environmental Studies, New York University Details TBA.


Events Archive

Feb. 22, 2017
Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change, Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences "Adventures in Science Communication: Shifting from the Lab to a Museum, and the Lessons I’ve Learned Along the Way." (more)

Feb. 13, 2017
Bren Seminar, Bill Ripple, Professor, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society; Director, Trophic Cascades Program, Oregon State University "The Downsizing of Nature: Extinction Risk and Threats to the World's Megafauna." (more)

Feb. 6, 2017
Bren Seminar, Tom Lyon, Dow Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce; Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy; School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan — "Information Discolsure and Environmental Protection." (more)

Feb. 1, 2017
Community Colloquium, Panel Discussion, Helene Gardner, UCSB Environmental Studies, Hahrie Han, UCSB Political Science, and Josh Simmons, Prosper Sustainability — "Lessons from the Standing Rock Sioux Pipeline Protest" (more)

Jan. 30, 2017
Bren Seminar, Reuben Keller, Loyola University Chicago — "Preventing the Arrival of Invasive Species: Ecological and Economic Models to Support Policy." (more)

Jan. 25, 2017
Returning Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change, Lord John Krebs, Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom "Climate Change and Post-Truth Politics." (more)

Jan. 23 2017
Bren Seminar, Jim Anderson, Professor, Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida "Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Global Food System." (more)

Dec. 9, 2016
PhD Disseration Defense, Xiaoli Chen — "Factors affecting the streamflow and in-stream nitrate concentration in semi-arid areas: sub-surface flow-generation, vertical distribution of soil nitrate and drainage properties, and the connectivity of impervious areas." (more)

Dec. 7, 2016
PhD Disseration Defense, Oliver Soong, — "Vegetation Establishment Following Floodplain Restoration in Mediterranean-climate California." (more)

November 14, 2016
Bren Seminar, Justin Miller Schulze, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Sacramento State University — "Chemical Tracers of Anthropogenic Impacts on the Environment." (more)

November 7, 2016
Bren Seminar, Max Moritz, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley "Current research questions in pyrogeography… and the ultimate challenge of 'coexisting with wildfire'" (more)

October 26, 2016
Community Colloquium, Student-selected Speaker, Timothy Malloy, Faculty Director, Sustainable Technology and Policy Program, UCLA — "Getting Reasonable about Unreasonable Risk." (more)

October 24, 2016
Community Colloquium, Annie Little, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — "Restoring the California Channel Islands: Case Studies of Invasive Speces Removal. (more)

October 12, 2016
Sustainable Water Markets Fellowship Program Speaker, Joe Whitworth, President, The Freshwater Trust — "Quantified: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy." (more)

October 10, 2016
Bren Seminar, Halley E. Froelich, Postdoctoral Scholar, UCSB National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) — "Potential and Barriers of Offshore Aquaculture." (more)

October 3, 2016
Bren Seminar, Lesley DeFalco, PhD, Research Plant Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey — "Restoring Habitat for the Mojave Desert Tortoise: A Multi-faceted Approach for Species Recovery" (more).

June 10, 2016

June 8, 2016
PhD Disseration Defense, Kendra Garner — "Assessing the Risk of Engineered Nanomaterials in the Environment: Modeling Fate, Exposure, and Bioaccumulation" (more)

May 23, 2016
Faculty-hosted Seminar,
James Gustave Speth, Co-Chair, Next System Project, Democracy Collaborative"An Urgent Call for a New Environmentalism" (more)

May 19, 2016
Student-selected Speaker, Rear Admiral Jonathan White, President & CE), Consortium for Ocean Leadership "Planetary Change and Global Security" (more)

May 17, 2016
Groundwater Recources Association of California Branch Meeting and David Keith Todd Distinguished Lecturer, Behrooz Mortazavi, Prinicipal, Water Resources Engineers
"The Role of Groundwater in Integrated Water Resources Management" (more)

May 16, 2016
Strategic Environmental Research Initiative (SERI Equity) Speaker, Esteve Corbera, Senior Researcher, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Universitat Autonomoa de Barcelona "Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Global South: Are They Fair?" (more)

May 11, 2016
Student-Selected Panel "One Year after the Refugio Oil Spill: Where Do We Stand Now?" (more)

May 9, 2016
PhD-Hosted Seminar, Fiorenza Micheli, Professor, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University "Vulnerability and Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems and Fisheries to Climate Change" (more)

May 2, 2016
Bren Hall 1414
Environmental Justice Club Speaker, Strategic Environmental Research Initiative on Equity and the Environment (SERI Equity) Community Colloquium — Leonard Hammer, University of Arizona, Hebrew University, Israel "The Environment and International Human Rights: How does one assist the other?" (more)

April 29, 2016,
The Fess Parker, A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Bren School Master's Projects Public Presentations: 17 Group Projects, 3 Eco-Entrepreneurship Projects. (more)

April 28, 2016
Latin American Fisheries Fellowship Program (LAFF) Speaker, Marco Quesada, Executive Director, Conservation International, Costa Rica "Responsible Fishing Areas in Costa Rica: Dissecting a fisheries management promise." (more)

April 18, 2016
PhD Seminar, Paulina Oliva, UCSB Economics — "Technology adoption under uncertainty: Take-up and subsequent investment in Zambia" (more)

April 4, 2016
Sustainable Water Markets Fellowship Program Seminar,
Nancy Sutley, Former Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality; Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. (more)

March 29, 2016
Community Colloquium: Ruth Langridge, UC Santa Cruz — "Managing Groundwater in California: History, Current Conditions and Potential Reforms for the State's Adjudicated Groundwater Basins. (more)

February 24, 2016
Student-Selected Speaker, Andreas Karelas, Executive Director, RE-volv —"The Rays of the Future: Financing the Community-Based Solar Energy Movement" (more)

February 22, 2016
SERI: Equity Speaker, Paige West, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University, Chair of Department of Anthropology, Barnard College —"Rhetoric, Dispossession, and the Environment: Uneven Development in Papua New Guinea" (more)

February 19, 2016
2016 PhD Student Symposium(more)
See the schedule of symposium presentations

February 1, 2016
Deans Academic Council Panel, Jim Salzman (Professor, Bren School); Kyle Meng (Assistant Professor, Bren School); Durwood Zaelke (Visiting Professor); Romina Picolotti (Visiting Professor)—"COP 21: What happened in Paris and what lies ahead." (more)

January 14, 2016
Student-Selected Speaker,
L. Scott Mills, Professor,
Faculty Excellence Program in Global Environmental Change and Human Well-being, North Carolina State University. (more)

January 13, 2016
Community Colloquium, Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitor Program on Climate Change, Lord John Krebs, Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom — "Tackling the Challenge of Climate Change: Rhetoric or Reality?" (more)