President’s speaker Feb. 28: UCSC marine biologist Daniel Costa
Find out about marine mammals from habitats across the globe when marine biologist Daniel Costa visits UCOP on Thursday, Feb. 28, 12 to 1 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room, part of the President’s Speaker Series.
Costa is a distinguished professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and holder of the Ida Benson Endowed Chair in Ocean Health at UC Santa Cruz. His research focuses on the ecology and physiology of marine mammals and seabirds, taking him to every continent and nearly every habitat from the Galapagos to Antarctica.
He has worked with a broad range of animals — including penguins, albatross, seals, sea lions, whales and dolphins — and has done pioneering research using animals to provide oceanographic data as well as data on their own behavior.
Costa is also chair of the University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) university-wide advisory committee. The NRS is a network of 38 protected natural areas throughout California encompassing more than 750,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world.
Along with Stanford marine biologist Barbara Block, Costa cofounded the Tagging of Pacific Predators program, a multidisciplinary effort to study the movement patterns of 23 species of marine vertebrate predators in the North Pacific Ocean.
Costa holds a B.A. from UCLA, a Ph.D from UC Santa Cruz, and he did postdoctoral work at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
President Mark Yudof initiated the President’s Speaker Series in 2011 to showcase for UCOP staff the talent and public contributions of UC faculty, alumni and other prominent Californians in the areas of education, policy/politics and research.