Keynote Speaker Sam Kean
Sam Kean is a science writer who uses funny, strange, and poignant stories to enliven science and science history. In his keynote, A Sense of Wellbeing or Danger: How the brain perceives and creates a coastal scene, Sam will unpackage how the brain works, using examples from the natural world to demonstrate how our senses work together and how memory is processed in the brain. In addition to authoring four books, his stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and Psychology Today, and his work has been featured on NPR’s “Radiolab”, “Science Friday”, and “All Things Considered”. Caesar’s Last Breath was named the Guardian science book of the year in 2017.
Friday Special Event
Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Geology Lecture Series will kick off the festivities on Friday evening (Oct 26) at 7:30 pm in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts (Empire Hall)! Lecturer Tad Pfeffer is a glaciologist, geophysicist, and photographer at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His talk, Projecting Real Sea Level Rise: Moving from Global Assessments to what you might actually experience, is free and open to the public. We encourage everyone attending the conference to come and enjoy the talk.
Program – Saturday – October 27
8:00 am Registration
8:45am Keynote Author Sam Kean “A Sense of Wellbeing or Danger: How the brain perceives and creates a coastal scene”
9:50am Coastal Snapshots
- Passing the torch for coastal management – Patty Snow & Bob Bailey, DLCD
- Eelgrass decline in the South Slough estuary — Ali Helms, SSNERR
- Commercial Hagfish fisheries off the Oregon Coast: It’s What’s for Dinner – Cameron Sharpe, ODFW
- The ‘Tropical’ Oregon Coast – Ted Strub, OSU
- Making Oregon Oregon: Some Living Legacies of Governor Tom McCall – Marion Rossi, OSU
- Preventing Plastic Pollution Through Policy – Briana Goodwin, Surfrider Foundation
- A Life Meant for the Sea – Ben Russell, Commercial Fisherman Turned Research Facilities Manager
- Charleston Fishing Families: Connections and Support – Jackie Chambers, Charleston Fishing Families
- Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Coordinating Council – Aaron Galloway, UO/OIMB
- PacWave: Wave Energy Update – Burke Hales, OSU
- Observing Change, Sharing Knowledge: a proposal to network communities and coastal observing systems – Selina Heppell, OSU
11:50am-1:00pm Poster and Art Session
12:00 – 1:15 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm Breakout Session #1
- Oil and Gas Off of Oregon’s Coast: What’s going on?
Are you looking to gain some insight into this controversial topic through the lenses of policy, science, and advocacy? Join Patty Snow (OR’s Coastal Management Program), State Senator Arnie Roblan, Charlie Plybon (OR Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation), and Doug Helton (NOAA Emergency Response Scientist) in a session that is sure to inform and stimulate a rich exchange. Moderated by Jena Carter, Chair of the Ocean Policy Advisory Committee.
- Communicating Science for Non-science Audiences
Are you on the supply or demand side of this important topic? Come engage with this through the lens of research experience for teachers (with Christina Geyerman, North Bend HS Teacher), college student led Instagram effort (Ocean Everblue, Ellie Jones, UO/OIMB), connecting citizens with academic research and learning (Abby Metzger, OSU/CEOAS), community-based marine protection (Maya Holiman, Redfish Rocks Rangers), and reaching out through film (invited – Tad Pfeffer, University of Colorado).
- Life at Sea
What’s it like spending time aboard a vessel on the sea? Come listen and share the trials and triumphs with a commercial fisherman turned research facilities manager (Ben Russell, OSU), a research technician (Ian Black, OOI), a benthic ecologist (Sarah Henkel, OSU), and an artist-historian (Samm Newton, OSU).
- Coastal Dunes: Past, present, future
This session will provide myriad perspectives on Oregon’s inland and outer fore-dune systems, an amazing place that is important habitat for multiple species and uses. Join in the conversation with a community ecologist who studies the invasive and native species (Sally Hacker, OSU), a State-level manager who focuses on planning, management, stabilization and protection (Jay Sennewald, OPRD), and a Federal-level manager whose cooperative efforts focus on restoration of the inland dune system (OR Dunes NRA).
2:30 – 2:45pm BREAK
2:45pm Breakout Session #2
- Crab and Climate: Latest research from the field
Dungeness Crab is one of Oregon’s crown jewels of seafood. 2018 was an excellent year: the crabs were plentiful and the meat was delicious. What does the future hold? There is no crystal ball but there are researchers (Julie Schram’s team from UO, Liz Lee’s team from OSU) and managers (Steve Rumrill from ODFW) studying this important fishery and how it may or may not be impacted by change.
- The Coast Through the Lens of a Camera: The Must-Have Photos for Any Science Story
This hands-on session will illuminate the six types of images that are needed in order to have a complete photo essay that engages readers and fully illustrates a topic. Whether creating images for posters or creating a portfolio to go with a publication, come listen and practice the art of photographic storytelling with professional photographer Jaymi Heimbruch.
- Coos & Coquille Watershed Associations: celebrating 25 years of stewardship and a look at what’s next
As two of the oldest watershed associations in Oregon, the Coos and Coquille have a wealth of knowledge and many successful restoration projects. Haley Lutz (Coos Watershed Association) joins Melaney Dunne and Kyle Motley (Coquille Watershed Association) to share their experiences, what they have accomplished to date, and their exciting plans for future.
- Seaweed 101
What do you know about Oregon’s seaweeds? Most of us have limited understanding about this interesting and important feature of the coast! This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the science and biology of seaweeds from Chris Langdon (OSU), foraging for seaweed/how to recreationally harvest it from Dan Sawyer (“the seaweed guy”), and experiences with farming dulse in Port Orford (Tom Calvanese (OSU Field Station)
4pm Awards, Reception, Raffle