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ExperTalk Series

The ExperTalk Series is a great way for members of the community to learn more about topics related to Bolsa Chica, such as local plants and wildlife, restoration practices, nutrient cycling within wetlands, and Native American history! Our ExperTalk series also provide presentations on current day issues relating to environmental conservation and other relative ecology topics such as drought-tolerant landscaping and local biodiversity of zooplankton.


For more information on the ExperTalk Series or to RSVP, contact Kenny Perez or Kirsten Haltman at 714-846-1114 or kenny@bolsachica.org or kirsten@bolsachica.org.

Upcoming ExperTalk Events:

Local Legends: Movement Biology of the Leopard Shark off La Jolla, California by Andrew Nosal, Ph.D.


Description: Every summer, hundreds of harmless leopard sharks aggregate in shallow water off La Jolla Shores Beach. Marine biologist Dr. Andrew Nosal has studied these sharks for over a decade and will explain why leopard sharks aggregate at this spot and the best time to snorkel with them.
Speaker Bio: Andrew Nosal, Ph.D. is an adjunct assistant professor for the Environmental and Ocean Sciences department at the University of San Diego (USD). Nosal received his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and has focused his research on animal behavioral and movement ecology, as well as fisheries conservation and management and science communication. Nosal has also investigated the psychological effect of ominous background music in shark documentaries on viewers’ perceptions of and willingness to conserve sharks. Nosal holds a concurrent Visiting Assistant Researcher appointment at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and is a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group for the Northeast Pacific Region. At USD, Nosal enjoys teaching courses in marine biology, ecology, oceanography, and environmental sciences, and incorporates improvisational theatre skills and storytelling into teaching.

Duration: approx. 90 minutes Program Contribution: $5.00 per participant*

Registration for this event will open July 1st, 2021.

Most Recent ExperTalk Events:

Expert Talk Series “Surprising Connections in the Natural (and Unnatural) World" with Drew Talley, Ph.D. | March 20, 2021

Synopsis: Individual habitats, natural populations, and even people are “connected.” What affects one may have profound and often unexpected implications in others. Drew Talley, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental and ocean sciences at the University of San Diego, has been studying these connections in habitats ranging from salt marshes to desert islands for the past 25 years, and will share some of these insights.


Expert Talk Series “The History of the Bolsa Chica Gun Club" with Chris Epting | February 20, 2021

Synopsis: Founded in 1899, the Bolsa Chica Gun Club was a retreat for the rich and powerful, including one notable member, Henry Huntington, who forever changed the surrounding area when he made plans to purchase Pacific city in 1903, thus creating “Huntington Beach.” However, the club holds many other stories, from a near blood-feud between local farmers and out-of-town millionaires to its hosting of many luminaries and, ultimately, its place in World War II history as a coastal military barracks. What other secrets are held here today among the sparse ruins? Author Chris Epting has uncovered little-known tales and mysteries along with rarely-seen photos.

Expert Talk Series “The Geologic History of Southern California” with Eric Cathcart, M.S. | January 30, 2021

Synopsis: California is renowned throughout the world for our biological diversity, but the geologic history of the region is just as fascinating as our plant and animal life. The geology of California is highly complex, with numerous mountain ranges, substantial and historically intense tectonic activity, and rich natural resources that have made the state a mining hotspot. But what exactly happened all those millions of years ago that shaped California as it is today? To find out, join the Conservancy and Eric Cathcart as he describes the very unique conditions that created the geologic wonders of Southern California.



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*The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is committed to providing education for all, but programs like our ExperTalk Series would not be possible without support from the members of our community. Program contributions help to ensure the Conservancy is able to continue providing environmental education to all ages.

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