2014 Graduate Student Invited Speaker: Dr. Daniel Costa

School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

2014 Graduate Student Invited Speaker:

Dr. Daniel Costa, Distinguished Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California at Santa Cruz

Conservation of Highly Migratory Marine Species: Integration of Physiology, Behavior and Ecology

Thursday, April 17, 2014
4 PM
, Fisheries Sciences (FSH) 102
Reception to follow


About Dr. Daniel Costa
Daniel Costa is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  He received his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1974, completed his Ph.D. at U.C. Santa Cruz in 1978. He did postdoctoral research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and he had published over 300 scientific papers. His research focuses on the ecology and physiology of marine mammals and seabirds and he has worked in almost every habitat from the Galapagos to the Antarctic.  His recent work has focused on understanding the relationship between climate-driven oceanographic processes and marine mammal and seabird foraging behavior and success.


About the SAFS Graduate Student Invited Speaker Series: 

The Graduate Student Invited Speaker event provides an exciting opportunity for SAFS graduate students to nominate and select a speaker to give a presentation in the school’s spring seminar series. The event was proposed by graduate students in 2007 as a way to contribute to and shape perspectives brought to the school via the seminar series. We seek experts in the fields of ecology, resource management, and conservation to provide insight into novel, constructive approaches to practical problems in aquatic and fishery sciences. Given the diversity of research conducted at SAFS, we are interested in the selected speaker addressing issues and challenges that resonate with the entire SAFS community. Additionally, we hope to be exposed to new tools and intellectual approaches that complement the diversity of methodologies in our department.

Each spring, graduate students are asked to nominate individuals they believe would provide a meaningful visit based on the above guidelines. A vote is held among the graduate students and the winning speaker is invited for the following spring. The event is spear-headed by several graduate students who work over the course of the year to organize the seminar, meetings with graduate students and faculty, and several social events.

Take advantage of other opportunities to interact with Dr. Costa:
Happy hour discussion of Dr. Costa’s research Tuesday April 15, 4:30 PM, College Inn Pub

Schedule a meeting with Dr. Costa on Thursday or Friday (April 17-18):

Join us for an informal SAFS-sponsored dinner on Thursday April 17 following TGIT. First-come first-serve sign-up here:

This event is sponsored by the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.  ***************************************************************************
2014 Graduate Student Invited Speaker Seminar committee:
Aaron David, Donna Hauser, Tim Cline, & Merrill Rudd