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Speaker Biography: Eric Cathcart, M.S. is a professor of environmental and ocean sciences at the University of San Diego. Cathcart earned his Masters of Science from USD in 1996, and is also a licensed California Professional Geologist, as well as an environmental consultant. In terms of scholarly work, Cathcart has published multiple reports and articles for government regulatory agencies and professional journals, with the majority of his work focused on isotope geochemistry, micropaleontology, sedimentology, hydrology, and metal contamination, among others. Currently, Cathcart is researching the geogenic concentrations of metals in formations throughout San Diego County, which will be utilized by local government, researchers and regulatory agencies to establish background and health risk-based thresholds for remediation of contaminated properties. Cathcart is also actively involved with community science education and outreach, and is involved with organizations like SeaCamp, Ocean Discovery Institute, and Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center.
Duration: approx. 1 hour Suggested Donation: $5.00 per participant*
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Synopsis: Expanding our reach to bring you topics on ocean connectivity, award-winning author Chris Epting returned on Earth Day 2018 to enthrall you with stories about an unforgettable trip he and his then teenage daughter took to a little-known place called Snow Hill Island in Antarctica, where he observed and studied Emperor Penguins, a unique and challenging adventure. In the talk, Epting explores ecologic connections between creatures of the deep icy southern hemisphere and our wetland ecosystems, and why it is important to protect and preserve our natural habitats.
Synopsis: In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt embarked on his first visit to California. Before leaving, he reached out to naturalist John Muir with a special favor: to act as the president’s tour guide in Yosemite. That became what many refer to as “The Camping Trip that Changed America.” Join author Chris Epting for a presentation on how that fateful three-day trip helped to shape the destiny of Yosemite and the National Park system.
Synopsis: Established at the turn of the 20th century, the Bolsa Chica Gun Club was the most elaborate and exclusive of all Orange County hunting clubs. Both mythical and controversial, it even played a part in World War II before being left to disintegrate for decades after. What was is it like there? What really went on there? What effects did it have on the environment? Author/journalist Chris Epting will tell the story using little-seen images, documents and even a rare film clip, after leading a walking tour to the site for further discussion.
Synopsis: The shark, the myth, the legend. Sharks have existed for millions of years and are generally misunderstood and demonized. For many years they have been dwindling in numbers; some have been pushed to near extinction, in part due to human hostility, illegal fishing and hunting for fins and teeth. People think sharks are vicious creatures, overlooking the fact that we have invaded their waters. Researchers are utilizing tagging and satellite technology to better understand these amazing, yet misconceived ocean animals to piece together their unknown behavior and migratory patterns. Many have been spotted off California’s coast, shutting down beaches and raising public concerns. To learn more about these animals, join the Conservancy and Mr. Jim Serpa as he sheds the light on these widely misunderstood creatures.
*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. While the program contribution is not required, it is greatly appreciated!*