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Bodega Marine Laboratory and Bodega Marine Reserve are open to UC Davis affiliates who must review and submit appropriate documentation, see COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures.

BML John and Mary Louise Riley Seminar Series Committee

The John and Mary Louise Riley Seminar Series is a scientific seminar series held at Bodega Marine Laboratory.

Who are we?

The seminar committee is composed of 4 grad students/staff/postdocs + John Largier, our faculty advisor. The faculty advisor is permanent but the other 4 members serve for 2 year terms. We all volunteer our time to serve on the committee and do so because of our commitment to the importance of seminars by outside speakers and our interest in serving the BML community.

What do we do?

Each year, we solicit nominations, rank and choose nominees to invite, plan and schedule the “John and Mary Louise Riley Seminar Series”. We work with Jennifer Sauter to plan transportation and accommodations for each speaker, and we work with BML IT to plan seminar streaming to CMSI. We also assist hosts with their duties, supply gifts to speakers, and provide refreshments for grad student lunches and pre-seminar coffee hours.

Each year, we plan to host 30 seminar speakers. Our process for inviting speakers is the following:

  1. In early January, choose nominees to invite
  2. Contact host(s) of each nominee to find out when they will be available to host
  3. Invite nominees to visit during one of the days the host(s) are available. Note: this means if you wish to have some control over when a speaker visits, nominate them!

How to contact us?

Send an email to to contact the BML seminar committee. Since we have 2 members leaving the committee every year, it is always better to email bmlsemcom than try to guess who is on the committee at the moment.

How can you help us?

Nominate speakers! Any BML resident can nominate speakers. We are especially looking for nominations of diverse speakers within driving distance. Due to budgetary constraints, we can only invite ~6 "flying" speakers per year so the vast majority must be within driving distance (Humboldt to Monterey). We've significantly reduced the duties of hosting in the past year, so hosts will get much more speaker interaction for less work than in past years.

Come to seminars! It is disappointing when we invite a speaker and the lecture hall is nearly empty. We guarantee you will learn something from every single seminar you attend, especially if it is outside your realm of expertise.

Current Committee Members

  • Chair: Helen Killeen
  • Treasurer: Carina Fish
  • Scheduler: Aurora M Ricart
  • Day-of Coordinator: Alisha M Saley
  • Faculty Advisor: John Largier
  • Salon Coordinator: Alisha M Saley/Alyssa Braciszewsky 
  • Travel and Accommodations: Jennifer Sauter
  • BML IT: AV support, seminar streaming to CMSI, recording

Past Committee Members

Past Chairs

  • 2009 – 2011 A. Hettinger
  • 2011 – 2012 R. Fontana
  • 2012 L. Jurgens
  • 2013 S. Hameed
  • 2016 K. Hewett
  • 2017 S. Bashevkin
  • 2018 A. Ninokawa
  • 2019 B. Rubinoff

Past Schedulers

  • 2009 – 2010 W. White
  • 2010 – 2011 R. Fontana
  • 2011 – 2012 L. Jurgens
  • 2012 S. Hameed
  • 2013 C. Catton
  • 2015 K. Hewett
  • 2016 S. Bashevkin
  • 2017 A. Ninokawa
  • 2018 J. Holllarsmith
  • 2019 H. Palmer

Past Day-of Coordinators

  • 2009 – 2010 A. Szobalszi
  • 2010 – 2011 B. Cheng
  • 2011 – 2012 S. Gravem
  • 2012 S. Moffitt
  • 2013 D. Swezey
  • 2015 E. Satterthwaite
  • 2016 B. Jellison
  • 2017 J. Sadowski
  • 2018 B. Rubinoff
  • 2019 H. Killeen

Past Treasurers

  • 2009 – 2011 S. Miller
  • 2011 – 2012 B. Cheng
  • 2012 S. Gravem
  • 2013 S. Moffit
  • 2016 E. Satterthwaite
  • 2017 B. Jellison
  • 2018 J. Sadowski
  • 2019 C. Fish