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Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020: Media Center

Welcome to the Media Center

Welcome to the Ocean Sciences Meeting Media Center. Find the information you need to cover the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 including press registration and housing, and in the future, be able to access press releases and slides, videos and other press materials.

The Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 will be held 16-21 February at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California 92101.

Press registrants receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions, the press room, and the press conference room. Some events and activities, including but not limited to invitation-only events and communications workshops, are not open to press badge holders. See the Who’s Coming list for an up-to-date list of approved press.

The Ocean Sciences Meeting press room is located in room 16B on the mezzanine level of the San Diego Convention Center. The press registration counter is located in the main registration area in the Hall D lobby. 

 

Press registration

Press registration is now open. We encourage you to register online.

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Press information

Read on for information specific to press registration, events and the press room, housing, and more at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020.

Now open

Online press registration for the Ocean Sciences Meeting is now open. We encourage all press registrants to register online. For press registration eligibility requirements, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page. 

 

Press registrants receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions, the press room, and the press conference room. Some events and activities, including but not limited to invitation-only events and communications workshops, are not open to press badge holders. See the Who’s Coming list for an up-to-date list of approved press.

Photography and social media guidelinesWe ask that all participants observe these guidelines for social media use and photography. If you have a specific audio/video request you must contact us.

Browse the sessions

Visit the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 online scientific program to preview sessions and presentations.

Available for members of the press

The Ocean Sciences Meeting provides a press poom where registered members of the press can work and mingle. In the press room, the Ocean Sciences Meeting press office will make available copies of press releases about developments in Earth and space sciences and other news presented at the meeting. The press room is located in room 16B on the mezzanine level. The press room is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday.

Media tools and information

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Ocean Sciences Meeting media contacts

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NANCI BOMPEY

Director, Media Relations

202.777.7524 | [email protected]

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LIZA LESTER

Senior Specialist, Media Relations

202.777.7494 | [email protected]

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LAUREN LIPUMA

Program Manager, Media Relations

202.777.7396 | [email protected]

Press events

The Ocean Sciences Meeting press office AGU's Public Information Office has planned several media roundtables to help reporters cover new developments in the ocean sciences. Roundtables provide reporters with background information about an upcoming project or ongoing area of research rather than present breaking news. Roundtables are designed to feel like a comfortable chat around the table, encouraging reporters to ask questions at any time. 

 

A list of Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 media roundtables is below. All roundtables are 45 minutes long and take place in the press room, room 16B on the mezzanine level of the San Diego Convention Center. All times listed are Pacific Standard Time.

 

Who were the first Americans – and how did they get here?

Monday, 17 February, 10 a.m.

 

For decades, many archaeologists thought humans first migrated to North America around 13,500 years ago, traveling across a land bridge between Alaska and Russia. Researchers suspected these early migrants hunted big game in the continent’s interior and only adapted to coastal life once the major megafauna went extinct. But recent research suggests humans came to America as early as 20,000 years ago, possibly traveling the Pacific Rim by boat. If the first Americans did inhabit the coast, a vast archaeological record would have been drowned when sea levels rose at the end of the last ice age. In this media roundtable, experts will discuss current theories on how the first Americans arrived and describe the latest research to map and sample submerged areas of the Pacific Coast. Researchers hope to better understand the drowned landscapes of the continental shelf and potentially identify prehistoric archeological sites hidden beneath the waves.

 

Participants:

Todd Braje, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States;

Shannon Klotsko, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina, United States;

Jillian Maloney, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States.

Donna Schroeder, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Camarillo, California, United States.

 

Related sessions:

SI14A: Reconstruction of Drowned Paleolandscapes and Potential Uses for Underwater Archaeology Posters

 

Oceanography in space
Tuesday, 18 February, 9:00 a.m.

 

The discovery of oceans beneath the ice cover of moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn has raised the possibility that life found near Earth’s hydrothermal vents could be an analog for places in the solar system where life may have arisen in addition to, and perhaps independent of, life on Earth. This roundtable will explore new research originating from within the ocean science community that will help inform future space expeditions to ocean worlds in the outer solar system, beginning with NASA's Europa Clipper mission scheduled for launch early in this new decade.

 

Participants:

Kevin Arrigo, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States;

Donna Blackman, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, United States;

Chris German, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States;

Krista Soderlund, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States.

 

Related sessions:

MG24A: Oceanography Beyond Earth: A Frontier in Ocean Sciences II Posters

 

Understanding, predicting, and mitigating harmful algal blooms
Thursday, 20 February, 10:00 a.m.

 

Harmful algal blooms occur when freshwater or marine algae produce toxic or harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, marine mammals and birds. They cause significant economic and environmental damage to coastal communities around the world and can produce toxins that can threaten human health when they accumulate in seafood. This roundtable will discuss the state of scientific understanding of harmful algal blooms and the trans-disciplinary approaches being taken to improve understanding of these events. Panelists will discuss the ability of harmful algal blooms to cross freshwater-marine boundaries, the latest successes and setbacks at prediction and mitigation, and how climate change – including rising temperatures and increasing frequency and magnitudes of extreme weather events – can promote harmful algal blooms.

 

Participants:

Andrew Allen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla, California, United States;

Clarissa Anderson, Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, United States;

Raphael Kudela, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States.

 

Related sessions:

CP24G: Transdisciplinary Research and Education in Coastal Systems Posters

CP34B: Human Populations and Influences in the Coastal Zone: Effects on Ocean and Human Health (OHH) V Posters

OM14A: Advances in Coupled Physical-Biogeochemical Modeling: Continental Shelves, Estuaries, and the Coastal Ocean III Posters

 

Seafood sustainability: Take action with what you eat
Thursday, 20 February, 4:30 p.m.

 

Many fisheries are under intense pressures created by environmental change and consumers’ appetites for favored commercial species. A San Diego collective of scientists and seafood purveyors argue we can eat our way out of the problem by developing markets for under-loved species and under-valued cuts of fish, reducing waste across the seafood supply chain. In this roundtable, a biologist, ecologist, economist, fisherman and chef will discuss thinking beyond the fillet to diversify the cuts of fish as well as the catch. Samples will be served at a town hall session following the roundtable discussion.

 

Participants:

Heidi Dewar, fisheries biologist, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, San Diego, California, United States;

Kelly Fukushima, fisherman, F/V Three Boys; San Diego, California, United States;

Sarah Mesnick, ecologist, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, San Diego, California, United States;

Christina Ng, chef and owner, Chinita's Pies, San Diego, California, United States;

Stephen Stohs, economist, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, San Diego, California, United States.

 

Related sessions

TH45F: Culinary conservation: Saving the ocean - and increasing the value of local fisheries - by promoting full utilization across the seafood supply chain