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October 18th, 3-5pm

SoCal SETAC is pleased to invite you to our Fall Virtual Meeting on October 18th, from 3 pm to 5 pm! Join us on Zoom to hear from our guest speaker Dr. Caroline Moore who will discuss building toxicology into Wildlife Conservation. Following Caroline's talk, we will recreate the magic of our dinner meetings by both professionally and informally networking with others in the SoCal SETAC community. We look forward to seeing you there!

All confirmed registrants will be sent a link to the event. If you have any questions please contact Karin Wisenbaker at

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Dr. Caroline Moore

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Dr. Caroline Moore works at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance as a Scientist in Disease Investigations. In this role, she works as a veterinary toxicology researcher providing molecular and diagnostic toxicology support. She uses toxicology, pathology, molecular diagnostics, and epidemiology to better understand how environmental contaminates such as heavy metals, pesticides, and harmful algal blooms, create roadblocks to wildlife conservation, and how to prevent them. 

In her talk Dr. Moore will discuss her work on developing and applying environmental and diagnostic toxicology in Kenya, where pesticides are used indiscriminately; in Peru, where mining activities release mercury into the environment, impacting birds, bats, non-human primates, ocelots, and more; and locally, where many toxins and toxicants may be an increasing threat to our local wildlife.  

While this meeting is free for members, we welcome donations of all sizes through the online secure PayPal button. You do not need to have a PayPal account. The donations to SoCal SETAC are primarily used to support our student research grants and presentation awards, so you are directly supporting students with your donation! We thank you for your support and generosity which are key to continue our mission. 

Previous Spring and Fall Meetings

2021 Spring Meeting

On March 9th, 2021 SoCal SETAC virtually hosted Ms. Adrienne Cibor and Mr. Peter Arth from Enthalpy Analytical, Ms. Molly Colvin from the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, and Dr. Kari Sant from the San Diego State University Public Health Department. 

2020 Spring Dinner Meeting

On Wednesday, March 11, SoCal SETAC hosted Richard Gersberg (San Diego State University) and Goran Bozinovic at Leucadia Pizzeria in Encinitas.

2019 Fall Dinner Meeting

On October 16, 2019, SoCal SETAC hosted Richard Gossett from Physis Environmental Laboratories (Anaheim) who discussed sediment contaminant concentrations from the EPA National Coastal Condition Assessment Program and compared the data to those collected in California Bight 13 survey.


Richard Gossett is an environmental chemist and the owner of Physis
Environmental Laboratories in Anaheim. Gossett specializeds on GCMS analyses and expanded his analytical expertise into organophosphorus pesticides, pyrethroids, neonicotinoids,
and contaminants of emerging concern.

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) since 1999. She is currently working 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. 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. []

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.


Dr. Andrew Gray is an Assistant Professor of Watershed Hydrology at the University of California, Riverside in the Department of Environmental Sciences. His research group investigates the roles of fluvial sediments in determining water quality and fluvial geomorphology, with particular interest in post-wildfire sediment dynamics, coastal sedimentology, watershed scale sediment fingerprinting, and microplastic pollution.

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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