Bridges Academy: "Rigs to Reefs: Exploring the Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Development"

Bridges Academy: "Rigs to Reefs: Exploring the Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Development"

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  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Degheri Alumni Center, 120

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Join Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson for a special Bridges Academy guest lecture. After meeting at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, where they received their M.A.S. in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, they co-founded Blue Latitudes. Blue Latitudes' mission is to unite science, policy, and communications to create innovative solutions for the complex ecological challenges associated with offshore energy structures. In California, there are 27 oil and gas platforms found off the coast, each home to a thriving, unique ecosystem. A recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that, “...the oil and gas platforms off California are among the most productive habitats globally.” As the world’s natural reefs continue to disappear due to overfishing, run-off, and pollution, Emily and Amber believe that repurposing offshore energy structures as artificial reefs may be the best decision for the future of our oceans. It's time to think creatively about the resources we have, and proceed forward boldly with radical new tactics for ocean management.

Bridges Academy is a continuing education program for those 55 and older. Join us for exciting lectures given by USD’s leading faculty. All lectures are held mid-week on the picturesque USD campus. While the lecture series is free to all participants, the Office of Planned Giving encourages the growth of the Bridges Endowed Scholarship fund, which awards merit-based scholarships to undergraduate students. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

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Degheri Alumni Center 228
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4724
Fax: (619) 260-4790

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