Meeting the Pacific
Dr. McGinnis was Director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Center and taught at the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB from 1995-2010. He is author of Bioregionalism (Routledge, 1999) and has published over 60 articles in peer reviewed journals of biodiversity conservation. From 1993-2000, his research funded by three awards from the National Science Foundation focused on the role of values and science in the development of ecosystem-based planning. From 1999-2008, he was an advisor to federal agencies in the development of coastal marine ecosystem-based planning in California. In 2008, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Europe and conducted a study on coastal marine governance supported by the European Union. He is currently conducting a study of New Zealand’s coastal marine governance framework with support from the ministries of that country and Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). He is also completing two books on the subject of the importance of community in an age of climate change.
The social and cultural aspects of the "denaturing effect" are dramatic. Read story.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
How can we green – or ‘blue’ – our dependence on commercial vessel traffic? Read story.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Conservation strategies can protect species threatened by climate change. Read story.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
In response to my last column, there were a number of interesting comments that focused on the fear of losing maritime culture, the politics of protecting ecosystems, and the importance of local farmers and fishers. Read story.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
My grandfather had the deepest blue eyes, the colors of the sea, and he taught me the blessings of a life with the sea. His seascape paintings were hung in his apartment in downtown Long Beach. Read story.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
For millenia, maritime stories have emphasized the need to return to the ocean as a source of wildness and nourishment for the human soul. Read story.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
We are losing our sense of place in the Machine Age. Read story.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
In 1780, an English vessel was sailing along the coast of Jamaica and ran aground in a sea of green turtles, millions of turtles. Read story.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The Pacific brings together creatures continents apart. Read story.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
There are many here who will not soon forget the process of designating reserves within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Read story.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The level of coastal marine biodiversity loss is metaphorically akin to a silent spill insofar as society has not responded to the factors contributing to the large-scale degradation of marine ecosystems. Read story.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
In great numbers, California market squid (Loligo opalescens) gather to reproduce or spawn in the sandy bottoms off our coast. Read story.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
The bobcat died, and I took it into the hills of its origin to bury it under an old oak tree, near coyote brush, monkey flower, and coastal sage. The bobcat is now part of the soil and oak tree. Read story.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Many of the bird colonies on the 400 islands of New Zealand, seabird capital of the world, are currently threatened by a spill that is far from being controlled. Read story.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Our columnist reflects on his return home from New Zealand. Read story.