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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Presents Girls in Ocean Science (GiOS), A Conference for Future Scientists Sponsored by Steinmetz Family Foundation

Santa Barbara, CA. July 28, 2021 – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is pleased to  announce its Inaugural Girls in Ocean Science (GiOS) Conference to be held at the Museum. The  event is scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 9am-4pm. This hands-on  conference will connect leading female scientists with thirty (30) high school students. Because  women continue to be the minority in many fields of science, the conference and speakers will  be encouraging these young women to consider pursuing science-based fields of study. The  cost to attend the conference is $20 for SBMM members and $30 for non-members, but  scholarships are available ( 2/).

Girls in Ocean Science

The goal of the conference is to bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder, to provoke conversations that matter, and to build awareness around the broad array of career opportunities in Maritime and Marine Sciences. Participants will spend the day conducting research in labs and at sea aboard the Double Dolphin. During this inaugural GiOS conference, female experts will share their lives, careers, and interests with local high-school students. Young women who love science or are just beginning to show an interest will gain insight and potential mentors who can educate and guide them in pursuit of a possible future in ocean sciences.

Why Focus on Ocean Science?

Scientific evidence clearly shows that people are causing a decline in the ocean’s health on a  global scale. Oceans cover over 70% of the surface of the earth, provide 90% of the living space  and are integral to all known life on our planet. Scientists have come to understand and value  the important fact that oceans sustain all life on the planet. Oceans provide life-giving oxygen,  regulate the climate, feed the world with needed protein, provide a place of spiritual  connection, and sustain the delicate balancing act between living organisms and the physical  forces of Earth.

Marine scientists are reporting that the oceans are warming and that these warming seas are  having a profound effect on oceanic processes and marine life. Today’s loss of ocean  biodiversity is staggering. There is an urgent need to provide opportunities for young women in  our community to learn all about maritime and marine science careers so they can feel  educated and empowered to help turn this trend around.

Holly Lohuis by Richard Murphy, PhD, Ocean Futures Society

Through Girls in Ocean Science, participating student scientists will communicate the importance of marine ecology education and introduce students to the unique oceanographic conditions that make the Santa Barbara Channel so productive and diverse with wildlife.

Participating scientists who will be interacting with the students at the GiOS Conference 

Holly Lohuis by Richard Murphy, PhD, Ocean Futures Society include:

  • Holly Lohuis, Marine Biologist, Naturalist, Educator, GiOS Committee Chair, Santa Barbara  Maritime Museum Education Committee, and Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures Society
  • Penny Owens, Education & Community Outreach Director, Santa Barbara ChannelKeepers
  • Lindsey Peavey Reeves, Ph.D., West Coast Region Sanctuary Soundscape Monitoring Project  Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National  Marine Sanctuaries, Conservation Science Division, and National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  • Erin Jaco, Research Associate, Vantuna Research Group
  • Zoe Scholz, Research Assistant, Vantuna Research Group

For more information, see or contact Lis Perry at or (805) 456-8741. For corporate partnership  opportunities, contact Martha Donelan at or (805) 456-8744. Register online at

About SBMM

Since 2000, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum has featured many artifacts and stories to share the  history of the Santa Barbara Channel with more than 40,000 visitors annually, and it provides year-round  experiential maritime history and marine science education for local youth. Featuring the impressive  First-Order Fresnel Lighthouse Lens from Point Conception, SBMM’s current exhibits explore the History  of Oil in Santa Barbara Channel & Chumash Use of Asphaltum, the Honda Disaster, and Wives and  Daughters: Keepers of the Light. SBMM is located at the historic Santa Barbara Harbor at 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA  93109. Visit or call (805) 962-8404 for details.

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