Media Advisory: Smithsonian Director visits SF State’s Romberg Tiburon Center, April 2

WHAT: The Barbara and Richard Rosenber Institute for Marine Biology & Environmental Science supports twice-yearly public forums, bringing national marine science experts to San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center. 

J. Emmett Duffy’s talk, "Marine GEO: Taking the pulse of the coastal ocean," will detail the Marine GEO (Global Earth Observatory) project’s research, which uses a worldwide network of coastal field sites to monitor marine life.

The Romberg Tiburon Center is poised to become the Smithsonian’s first West Coast Marine GEO site, which will use the San Francisco Bay for long-term studies of climate change and its impact on coastal ecology.

WHO: J. Emmett Duffy, director of the Smithsonian Institute’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, is the author of more than 100 articles on marine biodiversity and ecology. His research has been featured in the BBC’s Blue Planet series, the New York Times and higher education textbooks.

WHEN: Wednesday April 2, 2014

6 p.m. -- Public reception

7-8:30 p.m. -- Lecture and discussion

WHERE: SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center, Bay Conference Center

3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, Calif. 94920

INFO: Admission is FREE with RSVP on Eventbrite


The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) is San Francisco State University's marine field station located 30 minutes north of San Francisco on the Tiburon Peninsula. SF State scientists pursue their research in RTC laboratories, at field sites around the world and through collaborations with colleagues at other universities and institutions. RTC provides SF State students with graduate- and undergraduate-level courses as well as practical research experience.

SF State is the only master's-level public University serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls nearly 30,000 students each year and offers nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies. The University's more than 219,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.