The next installment of the 2017-18 LMU Environmental Lecture Series will take place on Wednesday, January 24th from 4:30-6:00pm in the Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000. The lecture is titled “Evaluating and Enhancing Natural Systems as Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change” and will be given by Tom Ford and Karina Johnston of The Bay Foundation (TBF).
Ford is the Executive Director of TBF, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program, and Co-Director of the Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies at LMU. He has worked on the restoration of kelp forests since 1998 and is also
engaged with projects focused on aerial mapping of boats, abalone genetics and disease risk management, sea urchin gonad indices development, coastal climate change vulnerability and resilience, and SCUBA based biological monitoring of Marine Protected Areas.
As the Director of Watershed Program for TBF, Johnston develops and implements grants related to the Bay Restoration Plan, and manages multiple projects connected to Bay restoration and management. She also developed and oversees the Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies multi-university internship program, leads research projects, and teaches at LMU. Johnston has extensive experience coordinating and implementing long-term monitoring projects, as she led the assessment program for the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve and other initiatives.