Special Presentation, Photography Contest & $50 Gift Card Raffle!

Come join us for our Officer and Social meeting. We we will be discussing club business and looking for ideas to make the club better. We are always looking for members to help with the club, even a little help can go a long way! 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER & PRESENTATION PROVIDED BY JOSH STEWART, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE MANTA TRUST (AS IN MANTA RAYS!)  WWW.MANTATRUST.ORG.  SEE BELOW MORE DETAILS.

Finally, we will announce an exclusive DASC film and photography contest for those of you with all that expensive photography gear!

Please RSVP if you think you can make it so we can reserve the space we need.

PS. Will also be giving away a $50 Sport Chalet gift card!

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Manta rays are one of the most iconic creatures in the sea, yet they are severely understudied and their habits and general ecology remain largely a mystery to us. Growing demand for manta gill rakers in Traditional Chinese Medicine is putting devastating pressure on small populations of these slow-reproducing animals, but conservation action is difficult given our limited knowledge of the species. Joshua Stewart, a PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Associate Director of The Manta Trust, will discuss research being done at Scripps on manta ray population dynamics and spatial ecology, threats to manta populations around the world, and recent conservation successes that provide a ray of hope for the species. 

Joshua Stewart is a PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and an Associate Director of the Manta Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to studying and conserving manta rays and their close relatives. Joshua began studying manta rays in the Maldives during his year as a Rolex Scholar, and is now researching the population dynamics and spatial ecology of oceanic manta rays in the Indo-Pacific for his dissertation. Prior to his work with manta rays, Joshua was focused on marine protected area design and other issues related to marine conservation. In addition to research, he is involved in education and public outreach, including writing articles on marine conservation and research—more often than not involving manta rays.

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  • Randy T.

    See you'll there

    October 22, 2013

  • Gayle Van L.

    Sorry gang. I am out of town that day.

    October 9, 2013

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