Conversations About Landscape: The Science and Politics of Preservation

Finding a Balance in Protecting Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15
Free; RSVP
All Ages

Oceans are vast ecosystems teeming with life, but because we can’t readily see what’s beneath the surface, we tend to forget the importance of oceans and their vulnerability to pressures resulting from overfishing, pollution, and climate change. One strategy for ensuring healthy oceans is to create and maintain coastal and marine protected areas. But how much should we protect? And how do we balance the needs of fishes, birds, and other species with those of humans and their traditional cultures, recreation, and commerce?

Three people who have dedicated their lives to ecological preservation will present their work and discuss different perspectives on marine protection with one another and the audience.

Maria Brown is Superintendent of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, 27 miles off the Golden Gate. She and her staff are charged with protecting this unique and biodiverse habitat, while allowing some human uses, such as fishing, boating, and whale watching.

Marine ecologist David Ainley has studied Adelie penguins in the Ross Sea of Antarctica for 30 years. He considers the Ross Sea an irreplaceable living laboratory for studying undisturbed marine ecosystems, and advocates for its designation as an international marine protected area.

Hawk Rosales is executive director of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a consortium of 10 federally recognized Northern California tribes working to reestablish tribal stewardship through cultural land conservation, habitat rehabilitation, traditional resource management, education, and advocacy.

About the series:
Conversations about Landscape brings together practitioners from the fields of geography, ecology, environmental arts and sciences, policy, and design to grapple with contemporary landscape questions. Speakers present their work and engage each other and the audience in conversation. The series is staged in the Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory Gallery, which explores environmental change in the Bay Area and beyond. An informal reception before each talk offers time to explore exhibits and engage with the speakers, Observatory staff, and other guests.

The series is funded by the Coastal Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

*There is no cost to attend the Conversations about Landscape program, but you must RSVP to reserve a seat. To RSVP, call 415.528.4646.

Photo: Ross Sea, Antarctica. Copyright John B. Weller