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Climate Careers Chat
April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
his event will feature two panelists from the marine science field, Shayle Matsuda from Shedd Aquarium and Natasha Benjamin from the Marine Research and Exploration Group, who will share their education, career history, and advice with the audience.
Dr. Shayle Matsuda is a science storyteller and David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL. His research focuses on our understanding of the coral microbiome (the coral animal and its symbiotic algae and bacteria) and its role in helping or hindering coral conservation efforts, as well as developing creative and innovative solutions to aid in coral survival under climate change. Shayle is an avid science communicator and advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in STEM. He is a member of the Brain Trust for the national Inclusive Science Communication Symposium, serves on the Broadening Participation Committee at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, and previously, was the creator and host of the popular San Francisco science happy hour series, “Science, Neat”.
Natasha has almost 20 years of experience working in marine science, policy and communications with a strong dedication for ocean conservation. As Outreach Director at Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE) she works with deep-sea robotic technology to collect data to inform ocean and fisheries policy. MARE is a non-profit organization based in Richmond, California whose mission is to explore and document the ocean to support its conservation and stewardship. Natasha also works as a marine science and policy consultant for documentaries and ocean advocacy organizations such as Blue Frontier. Natasha has a B.S. in Marine Biology from Boston University and M.S. in Marine Policy from University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS).
The Climate Careers Chats are interactive, quarterly events that feature a broad and diverse range of speakers from the California Bay Area and beyond. These free events aim to educate anyone interested in environment-related careers, from students to seasoned professionals. The Climate Careers Chats are produced by Sustainable Leaders In Action, Sustainable Contra Costa’s youth-led team, and are co-hosted by the Contra Costa County Library.