2019 Fall Dinner Meeting

Join us at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 16, at Acapulco Restaurant in Long Beach to hear Richard Gossett from Physis Environmental Laboratories present a talk on "Sediment contaminant concentrations from the EPA National Coastal Condition Assessment Program." Dinner and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

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2019 Spring Dinner Meeting

On March 7th, SoCal SETAC hosted Regina Wetzer from the LA Natural History Museum who presented a fascinating talk on "Linking specimen-based marine biodiversity with state of the art genetic tools to greatly accelerate understanding of our changing oceans." 

Regina Wetzer is Associate Curator and Director of the Marine Biodiversity Center at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (LACM). In high school Regina became fascinated with invertebrates — their bizarre forms and crazy life histories. She was introduced to marine field work in the Sea of Cortez as an undergraduate at Loyola Marymount University and fell in love with both invertebrates and exotic places. After completing a Master's Degree at California State University Long Beach working on gills of snails, followed by a year working for a Southern California supplier of marine invertebrates for scientific research, she joined the LACM as Curatorial Assistant in Crustacea. She moved to the San Diego Natural History Museum as Senior Invertebrate Collections Manager, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina on molecular and morphological systematics of crustaceans. Returning to the LACM in late 1999, she works with an extraordinary team of Invertebrate Collections Managers who collectively oversee, curate, and manage the great diversity of animals (35 phyla) in the LACM marine invertebrate collections. LACM holds tens of millions of such specimens, some dating from as long ago as the Ediacaran (542 mya) to the present day. Her research interests include exploring evolutionary hypotheses involving previously unexplained life history traits, homoplastic morphological features, and biogeographic distributions.


In 2016 Wetzer and her team launched the Diversity Initiative for the Southern California Ocean (DISCO) at the LACM. This research initiative is greatly enhancing biodiversity documentation in the marine environment by applying modern genetic technology. [https://research.nhm.org/]

2018 Fall Dinner Meeting

On October 10, 2018, SoCal SETAC hosted University of California Riverside's Dr. Andrew Gray who discussed watershed-scale management, sediment dynamics, and their roles in managing aquatic system health.

2018 Spring Dinner Meeting

On March 8, 2018, SoCal SETAC hosted University of California Santa Barbara's Dr. Arturo Keller to discuss the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology.

2017 Fall Dinner Meeting

SoCal SETAC hosted the Fall Dinner meeting at Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside on October 5, 2017. Dr. David Weller from the Marine Mammal Turtle Division at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center provided an overview of emerging concerns of bottlenose dolphins off Southern California based on 30+ years of research.

2017 Spring Dinner Meeting

SoCal SETAC hosted the Spring Dinner meeting in San Pedro on February 23, 2017. Mas Dojiri, PhD, BCES from the Environmental Monitoring Division of LA Sanitation discussed the 1-mile diversion monitoring program of the Hyperion Treatment Plant.

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