May 14, 2018

Story: 9th annual MARINE Oceans Colloquium celebrates emerging ocean leaders


"You will never know or be an expert in every aspect of it but it is important to be confident and be part of the conversation."  - Aimee David & Laura Good


Last month’s MARINE Oceans Colloquium welcomed 59 attendees to Moss Landing Marine Laboratories for a day of research, discussion, and networking. The Colloquium is a conference-style event focused on improving science and policy communication and presentation skills. Participants were provided with the opportunity to develop and practice effective communication while sharing their ocean-related work in diverse and engaging ways. This year’s theme focused on emerging ocean leaders, meant to engage the full spectrum of students pursuing opportunities from the deep ocean, to the coastlines, to the estuaries and river systems which link the land to the sea.

Several new activities were planned this year to encourage interdisciplinary discussions around pressing ocean issues. The afternoon Flash Discussions placed participants randomly into groups and utilized polling software to gain perspective on issues such as science communication, diversity, inclusion, equity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), intersections with social sciences, advances in marine technology, and climate change. In addition, the afternoon’s #STEAM Fair paid homage to science fairs of grade-school past to encourage visual, artistic representations of research.

The day’s keynote speakers, Dr. James Lindholm (California State University Monterey Bay) and Dr. Mark Carr (University of California at Santa Cruz), were on hand to provide an introspective into MARINE’s first decade and to unveil the course of its future. This year’s Colloquium served as a transition point for the program, with stewardship passing from the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) to UC Santa Cruz’s new Coastal Science and Policy (CSP) program. Please see this piece for more details on the change in leadership and for updated contact information.

In keeping with the spirit of reflection, the afternoon panel focused on the evolution of ocean leadership during MARINE’s tenure and how to best meet the needs of emerging ocean leaders moving forward. Panelists included former Stanford COS education manager Dr. Laura Good, Moss Landing Marine Lab director and MARINE faculty liaison Dr. Jim Harvey, and Aimee David, director of ocean conservation policy strategies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. All were quick to highlight an increase in the desire and need for engagement across disciplines. The Colloquium continued to represent commitment to ocean conservation and leadership through building the next generation of ocean leaders.