On the Move in Southern California: How Earthquakes Have Shaped Our Environment and How Creatures Small and Large Get Around

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Theater
Speaker: Robert de Groot

Migrations both large and small for creatures small and large is quite a production in Southern California. We live by the ebb and flow of daily traffic and the occasional weather system mixes things up a bit.
Punctuating the diurnal activities of the region's wide variety of critters (including over 22 million of us) are twenty to thirty earthquakes. Once in a while a shaker is big enough to damage the built environment and over the very long term forces in the Earth through the process of plate tectonics, has built hills, valleys, and influenced the course of rivers. The paths we use to travel to Las Vegas and Bakersfield are also traversed by birds in their journeys.

During this presentation you will learn things about earthquakes that you can use immediately. You will leave with some new ways to interpret the land as you sit idle on the 405 in the Sepulveda pass or while enjoying a day of birdwatching on the Los Angeles River along the Glendale Narrows.

Robert de Groot is the Coordinator for Communication, Education, and Outreach for the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Program at the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center in Pasadena, CA. He also is one of the co-directors of the Quake Catcher Network (QCN) citizen science program. QCN is a collaborative initiative for developing the world's largest, low-cost strong-motion seismic network by utilizing motion sensors in and attached to internet-connected computers. From 1999 - 2016 he worked at the University of Southern California as the Director for Education, Experiential.


Contact Carol Babeli:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP or volunteer to help set up chairs in advance (at 6:00 PM) of the program. Come early to enjoy the terrific views and birds at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park.