Riser Lecture

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Nathan “Doc” Riser was named the founding Director in 1967 of what was then the Marine Science Institute (MSI). He was director of what is now known as the Marine Science Center until 1979, and he officially retired from the faculty in 1985. He continued working in his laboratory nearly every day, and maintained an active research program until his death in 2006.

During his tenure as Director, Doc Riser brought widespread recognition to the MSI as a center for marine organismal biology. The Institute attracted hundreds of prominent international marine biologists whose presence enriched the lives of the resident graduate students and produced a vibrant and scholarly atmosphere.  Read more about Doc and his legacy here.


Previous Riser Lectures


Dr. Linda Deegan
Woods Hole Research Center
Coastal Ecosystems in changing times


Dr. Oswald Schmitz
Yale University
Conserving animals is our best bet for climate geoengineering


Dr. Susan Williams
Bodega Marine Laboratory – UC Davis
Along the spice route: The quest to protect Indonesia’s marine biodiversity


Dr. Mark Hay
Georgia Institute of Technology
Ecosystem tipping points, chemical ecology, and the continuing death spiral of coral reefs


Dr. Paul Dayton
University of California at San Diego
Bottoms beneath the ice: Reflections on 100 years of benthic ecology at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica