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Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
El Adobe de Capistrano
31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Member $40, Non-Member $45, Student/Professor. $25

Topic: Recovering Our Future: The Past, Present & Future of Coastal Wetlands

Speakers: Dr. Erika Holland and Dr. Christine Whitcraft, California State University, Long Beach.

South Coast Geological Society and San Diego Association for Geologists invites you to attend our joint meeting on Wednesday, June 26th at El Adobe de Capistrano (Address: 31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675). This months lecture,”Recovering Our Future: The Past, Present & Future of Coastal Wetlands”, will be presented by Dr. Erika Holland, an assistant professor of aquatic toxicology in the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Christine Whitcraft is an associate professor in the  Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Environ-mental Science and Policy Program from California State University, Long Beach.


In this edition:

  • Meeting Information
  • Presidents Corner
  • Membership Drive
  • Corporate Sponsors
  • Volunteer with SCGS
  • Additional Links
  • Ways to Support SCGS

Meeting Information

Title: “Recovering Our Future: The Past, Present & Future of Coastal Wetlands”

Coastal wetlands around the world are threatened by all types of anthropogenic activity including fragmentation, pollution and overexploitation. This has significantly reduced not only the quantity but the quality of coastal wetland habitat. Our research evaluates how these activities have changed the structure (e.g. who is there) and the function (e.g. what are they doing while there) of the wetland habitats. Specifically, first, the production of plastic around the world has rapidly increased since the 1950s leading to large amounts of plastic entering the environment. Understanding the amount and types of this plastic pollution as well as the impacts on the health and abundance of associated marine organisms is key to developing effective management for plastic pollution.

Next, as the impacts of human activities have been better documented in southern California, restoration has been used as a tool to deal with this loss and degradation. Our collaborative research focuses on paired oyster and seagrass restoration conducted at four sites within Upper Newport Bay, California. Preliminary results show that the invertebrate community exhibits site-specific changes in response to restoration and is greatly reduced in abundance and diversity immediately under the oyster shell themselves. The fish community was observed to utilize both complex habitats. In addition, it is likely that sedimentation, pollution and other abiotic factors might also impact the health of the oysters themselves. Restoration experiments, like these, are also key to helping design effective restoration projects throughout southern California.

Speaker Information:
Dr. Erika Holland, an assistant professor of aquatic toxicology in the Department of Biological Sciences, focuses her research on the impacts of pollution in the environment working across areas of pollutant detection, molecular biology, organism behavior or ecology. Holland’s ongoing projects include developing cellular tools to identify and describe harmful chemicals, addressing the health of oysters in Newport Bay and understanding the presence and risk of debris, namely plastics, in southern California waters. Holland grew up in northern New Mexico, hiking the mesas outside the rural city of Aztec, and received her B.S. degree from San Diego State University and doctorate of Philosophy in Pharmacology and Toxicology at University of California, Davis.

Dr. Christine Whitcraft is an associate professor in the  Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Environ-mental Science and Policy Program. Born and raised in Maryland, her major area of interest is coastal wetland ecology, focusing on the impact of anthropogenic activities on functioning of brackish and salt marshes. Specifically, Whitcraft investigates restoration strategies, impacts of invasive plants and climate change-related impacts. Additional research interests include invertebrates in oxygen minimum zone habitats and foraging behavior of California Least Terns. She received her B.A. in Biology from Williams College, Williamstown MA, and Ph.D. in Biological  Oceanography from University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her postdoctoral research was a CALFED position at San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve until she started at CSULB in 2008. 

  Presidents Corner 


This has been a very exciting and busy month within the society, so I have quite a few announcements to cover:

Firstly, we have a new website domain name! Please update your favorite’s tab to The website content is still the same, we just lost our original domain to a spam company during the renewal period; nothing we could do except adapt and move forward. Thanks for being patient during the few weeks when the website was being rebuilt.

Our upcoming meeting is less than a week from TODAY! Wednesday, June 26th, we will be meeting at the lovely El Adobe de Capistrano restaurant at 6 pm. This venue is a crowd favorite because of its gorgeous ambiance and excellent bar. Sign up while there’s still space remaining! This is our annual meeting with San Diego Association of Geologists and is always an excellent time to catch up with peers you don’t get to see regularly!

The July meeting is also coming up quickly. On July 1st, we will be at Dave and Busters in Orange at 6 pm to hear about Cannabis and the Industry! I think it’s a great opportunity for professionals to learn about current regulations, and potentially expand their skills into future lines of work!

We have scheduled another Angel’s Baseball outing on Saturday, September 28th at 6 pm. Tickets are $24 and will include a pregame tailgate party hosted by SCGS officers and volunteers at 4pm!  This outing is open to members and non-members and is a great option for families! To RSVP, please follow the link below to our Eventbrite page.

Lastly, our annual field trip registration is open! This year, from August 9-11, we will be exploring the geology of Santa Barbara and the surrounding area. We are extremely fortunate to have Larry Gurrola, Ed Keller, and Art Wahl teach us about their passion projects in the area! Some of the topics to be covered include the Franciscan Mélange, boulder rind research, local debris flows, paleo channels, and we’ll get to see a great anticline outcrop on the beach! We will be staying at Sage Hill campground, which is amazing for large groups. The maximum capacity for the campground is 100 people, so that is our trip maximum. To register, follow the link below to our new website. Cost for the trip is inclusive of food, drink, camp fees, etc; Regular Member $160, Nonmember $190, Current Students $90. If you would like to sponsor a student on this trip, please let me know!

Can’t wait to see everyone next week!


RSVP June Meeting
RSVP July Meeting
Field Trip Information and Registration
Register for SCGS Tailgate and Baseball Game!
Become A Corporate or Individual Sponsor
Become A Member
Contact Us

Allison Bieda, SCGS President


Your membership in 2018 allowed SCGS to host stellar field trips, provide over $2,000 in student scholarships, and improve the society in many ways. South Coast Geological Society raises our annual budget through private contributions, so your membership is essential for us to continue the society, make improvements, provide phenomenal meetings, host field trips, and award student scholarships. To support the goals of SCGS we are asking for your membership renewal for 2019.


A membership to South Coast Geological Society has many benefits including discounted meeting and field trip costs, exclusive field trips and events, and more! 
We welcome you to join or renew your membership with SCGS, one of the largest, most active Geological Societies in Southern California. 

Membership Costs:
Professionals: $35 / year
Students: Free

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South Coast Geological Society July Meeting
Date: Monday, July 1st, 2019
Location: Dave & Buster’s, Orange, California

South Coast Geological Society welcomes you to join our monthly meeting on Monday, July 1st at Dave & Buster’s, Orange, CA. We are thrilled to host guest speaker, Eric Lindberg, Senior Engineering Geologist with the California Water Boards and is the Chief of the South Coast Cannabis Regulatory Unit. Mr. Lindberg will present his talk titled: Cannabis, Water, and Environmental Crimes in Southern California.

The passage of Prop. 64 ushered in a new era of legal cannabis cultivation and recreational consumption in California. However, many cities and counties in Southern California continue to prohibit the commercial cultivation of cannabis. Local law enforcement is tasked with raiding and eradicating illegal grows, and prosecutors rely on agencies such as the State and Regional Water Boards and the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to document violations of environmental laws, which can be felony enhancements on what would otherwise be a misdemeanor charge of unpermitted cultivation.

As Chief of the South Coast Cannabis Cultivation Regulatory Unit, Mr. Lindberg will describe some of the environmental crimes that his unit has witnessed in their efforts to regulate water use and wastewater discharges associated with the new commercial cannabis cultivation industry. His unit has participated in search warrant inspections of illegal cannabis cultivation sites where discharges of wastes, including chemical pesticides, fertilizers, hydrocarbons, and worse have entered California’s streams and rivers.

Speaker Information:
Eric Lindberg is a Senior Engineering Geologist with the California Water Boards and is the Chief of the South Coast Cannabis Regulatory Unit. The Water Boards’ Cannabis Program regulates water use and waste discharges from cultivation operations to minimize the effects of cannabis cultivation on fisheries, wildlife, and water quality; and to protect beneficial uses of California’s water resources. The South Coast Unit operates in the Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and San Diego Regions. Mr. Lindberg has 13 years’ experience in hydrogeology, water resources management, groundwater quality investigations, agricultural regulation, and salt and nutrient management programs.

Register for SCGS July Meeting (July 1, 2019)

46th Annual Field Trip

Dates: Friday, August 9th to Sunday August 11th, 2019
Location: Santa Barbara, California

South Coast Geological Society is heading to Santa Barbara to explore coastal areas, natural hazards, natural oil and gas seeps and the Santa Ynez Mountains. The trip will be held from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Campsite: Sage Hill Group Campground (2 camps reserved with 50 person capacity each). Campground includes flush toilets, drinking water and paved roads. RVs ok, no hook-ups. The closest dump station is at Cachuma Lake. Please do your share and help SCGS pack out trash/recyclables!

Address: 3505 Paradise Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Directions: (From Santa Barbara) Off Hwy 101, 10 miles N.W. on Hwy 154, 5 miles East on Paradise Road, turn left at Los Prietos Ranger Station, follow the road across the river.

Fees: The cost includes camp site fees, food from dinner on Friday night to lunch on Sunday and everything in between (6 meals total), field trip t-shirt, beverages (beer, wine, water, soda, juice), a printed Road Log book, and published 2019 Field Trip Guidebook.
Regular Member: $160.00
Student Member: $90.00
Non-Member: $190.00
Student Sponsorship: $70

Register for the 46th Annual Field Trip

SCGS Tailgate and Baseball Game!

Date: Saturday September 28th, 2019
Location: Angel Stadium
Cost: $24 per person 
Time: Tailgate 4PM, Game 6 PM

Hey SCGS fans! Come out to the Big “A” on Saturday September 28th as the Angels take on the Houston Astros during Fan Appreciation Day. All Angels fans in attendance will automatically be entered to win great prizes. The game will also feature Saturday Night Fireworks – a spectacular show! Meet under the Big “A” to pick up your ticket(s)* and enjoy the tailgate from 4 PM – 6 PM. We will be serving up hamburgers, hot dogs**, and cold beverages! Please feel free to bring appetizers/snacks to share! This outing is open to members and non-members and is a great option for families!

*Children under three years of age are not required to have a ticket.
**Vegetarian option available.

Register for SCGS Tailgate and Baseball Game!

South Coast Geological Society Corporate Sponsorship

SCGS greatly appreciates our Corporate Sponsors! Corporate sponsorship allows SCGS to host stellar field trips, provide annual scholarships, and publish guidebooks. There are four Corporate Sponsorship Levels: DIAMOND ($1,000+), GOLD ($500+), SILVER ($250+), and BRONZE ($100+).


Click Here to Become a Corporate Sponsor!

Volunteer with SCGS

South Coast Geological Society is seeking motivated individuals to serve as officers for 2020. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact us for more information. We are also seeking 2019 committee members for our scholarships, poster session, and community outreach.
Please, contact us if you are interested!



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Inland Geological Society
Los Angeles Basin Geological Society
San Diego Association of Geologists
San Joaquin Geological Society
Southern California Paleontological Society


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