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How do scientists go from OMG to PhD? How do they turn their passion for science into their profession? What advice do they have for future scientists? If you are a 5th-12th grade student, undergraduate, teacher or parent, join us to ask these questions and more in a Q&A session with our weekly Seminar speakers on Wednesdays from 2-2:30 PM.

Parents must give permission for children under 18 to participate. 

Register to attend here.

Questions? Contact Erin Blackwood at



January 27

Joanna Alfaro Shigueto

Joanna graduated from the Faculty of Biological Sciences at Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru. She is the current the Director of Pro Delphinus and has been fully committed to conservation since her early years working as a field researcher at fishing ports along the Peruvian coast. Spending time in small fishing villages she learned the importance of collaboration between communities, researchers and government at dealing with conservation matters. Joanna obtained her PhD in 2012 from the School of Biosciences at the University of Exeter. She also teaches conservation biology at the Faculty of Marine Biology of Universidad Científica del Sur. Joanna is a Member of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, and is Sectorial Representative of the Consultative Committee of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles. Register here.

February 3

Kaho Tisthammer (Postdoctoral Researcher, San Francisco State University)

Dr. Kaho Tisthammer is a postdoctoral researcher with the Biology Department of SFSU. Having earned her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with a dual focus on genomics and proteomics, Dr. Tisthammer focused her research on understanding stress responses in corals using molecular tools. She is currently using her skills in computational biology to study ecological and evolutionary genomics of viruses at the Pennings Lab. Dr. Tisthammer is passionate about coral reef and ocean conservation, and her goal is to apply her computation skills to conduct comparative genomics and proteomics to enhance coral reef restoration and conservation.


Upcoming Scientists:

February 10 Steve Kielar, Director of Education, Call of the Sea 

March 3 Kimberly Komatsu, Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

March 10 Aurora Ricart, Postdoctoral Scientist, Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Science

March 17 Kate Stafford, Senior Principal Oceanographer, University of Washington

April 14 Julie Beagle, Deputy Program Director, San Francisco Estuary Institute

April 21 Ed Gross, 3-D Modeling Lead, Resource Management Associates

April 28 Kathleen McAffee, Professor, SFSU

May 12 Maxime Grand, Assistant Professor, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

The EOS Center welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like reasonable accommodations for this event, please contact Rebecca 415-297-3309 or as soon as possible so your request may be reviewed.