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Marine Megatropolis Stewardship & Alternatives

March 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and the Santa Barbara Public Library invite you to kick off Earth Day 2018 Celebrations with a free discussion about the rich marine life below the offshore oil rigs in the Santa Barbara Channel and alternatives for these rigs in a post-oil era.

Attendees will receive a ticket for free admission to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum to see Marine Megatropolis
(1974-1981) Photos by Bob Evans. This photographic journey beneath the offshore oil platforms of the Santa Barbara Channel, where marine life finds sanctuary to thrive, is on exhibit through May 13, 2018.

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Keynote Speaker: Renowned Underwater Photographer and Visionary Bob Evans
Between 1974 and 1981, Bob Evans was among the first
to photo-document extraordinary images of marine life
thriving beneath the offshore oil platforms of the Santa
Barbara Channel. These marine communities have since
become some of the most productive in the world.

Panel Speakers

Holly Lohuis

A marine biologist and educator who has appeared in many of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s documentaries, including as co-star in the recent IMAX film “Secret Ocean 3D.” She is also featured as a diver and on-camera biologist in the PBS series “Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures.” With a degree in aquatic biology from UC Santa Barbara and experience in the ocean realm around the world, she is an eloquent and popular speaker on the beauty and crises facing our water planet. Holly is also a PADI Dive Master and Open Water SCUBA Instructor.

Milton Love, Ph.D.

Dr. Milton Love is a research biologist at the Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara. He has conducted research on the marine fishes of California for over 45 years and is the author of over 100 publications on the fishes of the Pacific Coast, including Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast and The Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific. For the past 22 years, Dr. Love has carried out surveys of the fish and invertebrate populations living on oil/gas platforms and natural reefs throughout the southern California Bight. In 2007 the American Fisheries Society awarded Dr. Love the Carl R. Sullivan Award for Conservation Resources.

Marc McGinnes

In 1970, McGinnes led the founding of one of America’s first ecology centers, the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara. He is also a founder of the Environmental Defense Center and served as the organization’s first attorney. His deep connection to environmental work in Santa Barbara also led him to teach environmental law and other courses over a more than 30 year career. As a legal ecologist, Mr. McGinnes’ presentations on Using and Practicing Law as a Healing Art
have been featured at numerous conferences on peacemaking, conflict resolution and environmental law.

Linda Palmer

The first woman to graduate from the College of Engineering at UC Irvine, Palmer was hired by Chevron USA as their Environmental Engineer, tasked with establishing programs for Chevron’s offshore compliance with the recently implemented Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Linda was instrumental in granting access to Bob Evans and his team, and to establishing innovative offshore programs.


March 29, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Santa Barbara Public Library – Faulkner Gallery
40 E. Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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