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 (https://sbmm.org/girls-in-ocean-science-scholarship-application 2/).
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.
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 sbmm.org/santa-barbara-event/girls-in-ocean-science-conference/ or contact Lis Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 456-8741. For corporate partnership opportunities, contact Martha Donelan at email@example.com or (805) 456-8744. Register online at sbmm.org/girls-in-ocean-science-conference-2021/
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 sbmm.org or call (805) 962-8404 for details.