This year’s symposium will be a celebration of the Charismatic Critters of Cape Perpetua! Join us for our yearly celebration of Cape Perpetua through a night of community, science, stewardship, special guest speakers, art, and food!
This is a free event, open to all ages. Donations are kindly accepted at the time of reservations through EventBrite and at the event.
Jamie Kish is the Tidepool Ambassador Coordinator, Field Guide, and Programs Associate for the Cape Perpetua Collaborative. They have been in the marine bio/education field for the past 25 years-starting as a youth volunteer at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in 1999. She has worked in a variety of places, including Walt Disney World, The New York Aquarium, and for the Disney Cruise Line in the Bahamas (even though their heart never left the Oregon Coast).These days you can always find her in the marine reserve, giving Tidepool Ambassador Tours for the Collaborative, surveying sea stars and picking up trash with volunteers, leading mushroom bioblitzes in the forests, and hopping all over the Yachats area with her camera and macro lens.
Dr. Allison Anholt is the Coastal Community Science Biologist for Portland Audubon, where she focuses on working with community scientists to monitor Snowy Plovers, Black Oystercatchers, and local seabirds. Before coming to Portland Audubon, she worked at the intersection of coastal wildlife conservation and community science in the Aleutian Islands, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Florida Everglades, and some of the busiest beaches in the country in Cape May, New Jersey. She holds an M.S. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University, a B.S. in Law and Policy from The College of New Jersey, and is currently finishing her Ph.D. working with First Nations fisheries on issues of seabird bycatch in arctic Canada.
Clara Bird is a fifth year Wildlife Science PhD candidate in the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) lab in the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University under the supervision of Dr. Leigh Torres. Originally from Michigan, she earned her Bachelor of Science from Duke University where she conducted research using drones to conduct Adelie penguin population surveys and to study the body condition of humpback and minke whales in the Antarctic using photogrammetry. For her PhD, she is studying foraging behavior specializations and how patterns of behavior differ seasonally, across habitat types, and between whales of different sizes, body condition, and sex.
Dave Kollen is a dedicated Ambassador for the Xerces Society, where he focuses on education and outreach. He’s also an Oregon Master Naturalist and a Master Melittologist. When he’s not working on community science projects like the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas, the California Bumble Bee Atlas, and the Oregon Bee Atlas, he enjoys writing pollinator-focused articles for the Mahonia, a newsletter from the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs.
Dr. Sarah Gravem is the leading marine ecologist at the Pycnopodia Recovery Working Group, specializing in rocky intertidal and kelp forest ecosystems. Before her pivotal role with the Working Group, she extensively researched the impact of climate change, environmental variations, and marine diseases on marine communities. As a significant contributor to the IUCN Red List’s listing of the endangered sunflower sea star, Dr. Gravem now works tirelessly on its restoration and understanding. She also serves as a science advisor to the Oregon Kelp Alliance, aiming to rejuvenate Oregon’s kelp forests. Collaborating with an array of professionals, she is dedicated to bolstering marine ecosystem health and sustainability.
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