Events Schedule

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To stimulate intellectual exchange relevant to solving important environmental issues, the Bren School regularly hosts prominent experts from around the world, who present their ideas and achievements at a variety of events. These workshops, conferences, seminars, panels, and colloquia ensure that the school remains a lively intellectual center at the forefront of environmental knowledge. We invite you to attend the presentations listed here, and to peruse the "Recent Events" (right-hand column, below) and the "Events Archive" to find out more about a range of related subject matter.

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Winter Seminar Flyer

Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:00 - 12:00
Bren Hall 1414
Bren Seminar, Octavio Aburto, Associate Professor, Scripps Instutition of Oceanography "Collaborative Science and Technology to Protect Coastal Habitats and Improve Fisheries" (more)

Friday, March 1, 2019, 12:30 - 4:00
Bren Hall 1414
2019 PhD Student Symposium
Learn about diverse cutting-edge research being conducted at the Bren School (more)

Monday, March 4, 2019, 11:00 - 12:00
Bren Hall 1414
Bren Seminar, Sandra De Urioste-Stone, Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine "Forest Sustainablilty for Changing Times: An Emerging Transdisciplinary Research Program" (more)

Monday, March 11, 2019, 11:00 - 12:00
Bren Hall 1414
Bren Seminar, Milton Love, Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute, UCSB (Details TBA)

Monday, April 8, 2019, 11:00 - 12:00
Bren Hall 1414
Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change, Mark Radka, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment (Details TBA)



Events Archive

February 11, 2019
Bren Seminar, David Konisky, Associate Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University "The US Energy Transition and the Ability of Vulnerable Communities to Adapt" (more)

February 4, 2019
Bren Seminar, Chandra Krintz, Professor, Computer Science, UCSB "SmartFarm: Simplifying and Automating Agriculture Analytics"(more)

February 1, 2019
PhD Defense, Runsheng Song "Machine Learning for Addressing Data Deficiencies in Life Cycle Assessment" (more)

January 28, 2019
Bren Seminar, Lisa Leombruni, Program Director, Environmental Communications; and Heather Hodges, Postdoctoral Scholar, Bren School "Social Media to Support Science Learning & Engagement: Nova Wonders" (more)

January 16, 2019
Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change, Stephen Ansolabehere, Frank G. Thompson Professor of Government, Harvard University "Plants, Lines, and Pipes: Energy Development and the American Public" (more)

January 14, 2019
Bren Seminar, Haizhou Liu, Associate Professor, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside "UV Photolysis of Chloramines for Potable Water Reuse" (more)

December 5, 2018
PhD Defense, Laura Urbisci "Uncertainty Analysis in Fisheries Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach" (more)

December 3, 2018
Bren Seminar, Jennifer Sunday, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University "The Ecological Mechanics of Range Shifts in a Warming World" (more)

November 26, 2018
Bren Seminar, Suzanne Ozment, Associate, World Resources Institute "Scaling Up Natural Infrastructure for Water and Disaster Risk Management" (more)

November 5, 2018
Bren Seminar, Rachel Kanter Kepnes and Dawnielle Tellez, Social & Environmental Responsibility Team, Patagonia "A Look Inside Patagonia's Social & Environmental Responsibility Programs" (more)

October 29, 2018
Bren Seminar, Alexander S. Flecker, Professor, Cornell University "Damming the Amazon: Evaluating Tradeoffs between Hydropower and Ecosystem Services" (more)

October 26, 2018
PhD Defense, Yuwei Qin "Characterizing Uncertainties in Life Cycle Assessment" (more)

October 22, 2018
Bren Seminar, Julia Blanchard, Associate Professor, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania "Predicting Abundance and Body Size Distribution, from Bacteria to Whales" (more)

October 15, 2018
Bren Seminar, Vera Slaveykova, Professor, University of Geneva — "Nanotechnology: Industrial Revolution or Pandora's Box? An Ecotoxicology Perspective" (more)

October 8, 2018
Bren Seminar, David Williams, Postdoctoral Researcher, Bren School "How to Feed the World without Costing the Earth" (more)

August 22, 2018
PhD Defense, Dan Ovando "Of Fish and Fishermen: Using Human Behavior to Improve Marine Resource Management" (more)

June 15, 2018
2018 Bren School Commencement Exercises Keynote Speaker: Das Williams, Santa Barbara County First District Supervisor (more)

June 8, 2018
PhD Defense, Jessica Perkins "Improving the Usefulness of Environmental Information for Decision Making in Organizations" (more)

June 4, 2018
Bren Seminar, Brianne Miller, Founder/CEO, and Alison Carr, COO/Relationship Manager, Nada "Bring Your Own Everything: Zero Waste Shopping for Reducing Plastic Pollution" (more)

June 1, 2018
PhD Defense, Patrick Callery "The Role of Information and Incentives in Voluntary Corporate Provision of Public Goods" (more)

May 21, 2018
Student-Selected Panel, Marcos Vargas, The Fund for Santa Barbara; Jeffrey C. Stewart, UCSB "Stories of Environmental Justice" (more)

May 14, 2018
Bren Seminar, Kara Lavender Law, Research Professor, Sea Education Association "Ocean Plastics Pollution from Sources to Solutions" (more)

May 7, 2018
PhD Defense, Daniel Viana — "Management and Design of Marine Reserves and Rights-Based Management Systems in Small-Scale Fisheries" (more)

May 7, 2018
Bren Seminar, Amy Angert, Associate Professor, Biodiversity Research Centre, University of British Columbia "Shifting Dynamics of Demography and Adaptation across Geographic Gradients" (more)

April 30, 2018
Bren Seminar, Stephanie Pincetl, Professor in Residence, Director, California Center for Sustainable Communities, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA "City Futures for a Post Carbon Age" (more)

April 27, 2018
Bren School Master's Project Presentations: 16 Group Projects and 3 Eco-Entrepreneurship Projects (more)

April 25, 2018
Community Town Hall — "Drought, Fire, and Flood: Climate Change and Our New Normal" (more); watch the event here

April 24, 2018
PhD Defense, Andrew Ayres — "The Common Pool, Extraction Restrictions, and the Costs of Collective Action: A Defense of Three Essays on the Economics of Groundwater Management" (more)

April 23, 2018
Bren Seminar, Keith Maruya, Principal Scientist, Chemistry, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project "Effects-Directed Monitoring of Emerging Contaminants" (more)

April 16, 2018
Bren Seminar, Mary B. Collins, Assistant Professor, SUNY-ESF, and Simone Pulver, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, UCSB "Disproportionality in Facility-Level Toxic Releases in the US Manufacturing Sector" (more)

April 9, 2018
Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change, Jacqueline McGlade, Professor of Resilience and Sustainability, Institute of Global Prosperity and Faculty of Engineering, University College London, UK and Director, Sekenani Space and Resilience Research Centre, Maasai Mara University, Kenya "(Re)Active Resilience: How to Thrive in a Changing Climate" (more)

March 12, 2018
Bren Seminar, John Gallo, Senior Scientist, Conservation Biology Institute — "Knowledge Systems, Regional Sustainability, and the Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint" (more)

March 6, 2018
PhD Disseration Defense, Molly Lassiter — "Essays in Ecological Economics" (more)

March 5, 2018
Bren Seminar, Antonio Medrano, Postdoctoral Researcher, Bren School — "GIS Data for Spatial Analysis: What to Avoid at All Costs" (more)

February 28, 2018
Bren Seminar, Elena Finkbeiner, Affiliated Researcher, Stanford University — "Studying Marine Fisheries as Coupled Social-Ecological Systems" (more)

February 21, 2018
Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change, Dan Dudek, Vice President, Asia, Environmental Defense Fund"From the Adirondacks to Beijing: One Economist's Journey" (more)

February 16, 2018
2018 PhD Student Symposium
Learn about diverse cutting-edge research being conducted at the Bren School (more)
See the schedule of Symposium presenters

February 14, 2018
Student-Selected Panel, Dena Montague, ÉnergieRich; Diana Glassman, Integration Strategy; Sophie Parker, The Nature Conservancy; Tristan Bridges, Sociology, UCSB — "Gender Equity in the Environmental Sector" (more)

February 12, 2018
Bren Seminar, Nathan Mueller, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth System Science, UC Irvine — "Crops in a Changing Climate: Trends, Adaptation, and Mechanisms" (more)

February 8, 2018
Seminar, Buddy Huffaker, President and Executive Director, Aldo Leopold Foundation — "Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic: The Past, Present, and Future" (more)

February 5, 2018
Bren Seminar, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Associate Professor, Life and Environmental Sciences, UC Merced — "Post-Fire Transport and Persistence of Pyrogenic Carbon in Soil" (more)

January 29, 2018
Bren Seminar, Christina Voigt, Professor, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo — "Diffuse Leadership in the UN Climate Negotiations" (more)

January 22, 2018
Bren Seminar, Mike Burrows, Professor, Scottish Association for Marine Science — "Detecting Ecosystem Responses to Ocean Warming" (more)

January 10, 2018
Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change, Gavin Schmidt, Climate Scientist "What Are Climate Models Good For?" (more)