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Julie Maxey-Allison | Del Mar Foundation

DMF Talks, the Del Mar Foundation’s unique version of TED Talks, draws its speakers from locally-based creative, intellectual and scientific leaders. Launched in 2012, DMF Talks aims to entertain, inspire, and educate the Del Mar community through a series of free presentations held at the Powerhouse Community Center during the spring and fall.

The next DMF Talks presentation is a timely one by Dr. Daniel Cartamil of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), on Tuesday, June 7th. Dr. Cartamil’s talk, “Desalination and California’s Water Crisis: A Marine Biologist’s Perspective,” will focus on current and ongoing concerns about our chronically scarce water supplies in Southern California.

Some sobering California statistics: Our most recent drought started in 2007. Seven of the nine years that followed have been dry ones while simultaneously our weather has gotten warmer. In fact, the years 2014 and 2015 are the warmest and second warmest years recorded in 121 years of state-wide average temperature records. Happily, we did get a measurable rainfall this past winter but our water level/counts are still low and may remain so or even worsen. The 2016 statewide snowpack stands at 89% of the April 1 average and the southern Sierra snowpack is worse at only 77% of the April 1 average.

Dr. Cartamil received his Masters Degree in marine biology from Cal State Long Beach and his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Cartamil’s research focuses primarily on the sustainability of coastal marine ecosystems in California and Baja California, Mexico. He is an expert on shark species and has worked to conserve these threatened animals. Dr. Cartamil has been active as an environmental consultant to the desalination industry since 2008.

Fall 2016 DMF Talks schedule:

• Monday, September 12: Dr. Ajit Varki, Executive Co-Director, UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)

• Monday, October 10: Bill Toone of Ecolife Conservation, co-hosted with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

• Monday, October 24: Betty Wheeler on her adventures walking the entire 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail

• Monday, November 14: Harry Helling, the new Executive Director of the Birch Aquarium.



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