San Diego Green Drinks: Turning Citizens into Scientists

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Latchkey Brewing Company, 1795 Hancock Street, San Diego, Ca 92110


How can you help scientists simply by doing what you love?

Join us as we hear from speaker Phil Bresnahan as he walks us through the technology behind the Smartfin Project: a community science initiative intended to inspire surfers to serve as better coastal stewards, introduce more people to environmental research, and collect high resolution coastal data using the sensor-equipped Smartfins.


Phil Bresnahan, Research & Development Engineer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

The ocean has been Phil Bresnahan's playground and laboratory for most of his life. He grew up painting seashells and boogie boarding in the Atlantic Ocean and he now surfs, paddleboards, and invents oceanographic sensors on the Pacific Coast. Bresnahan is a research & development engineer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and the technology lead for the Smartfin Project. During his Ph.D. studies at Scripps, he attached a clunky, 35-pound pH and dissolved oxygen sensor to his stand-up paddleboard to teach kids of all ages that there's more to being a scientist/engineer than sitting behind a computer screen or staring at beakers in the lab. Bresnahan has worked to get communities stoked on science throughout his career, from outreach with local schools and community groups to working with surfers-turned-citizen scientists.

Additional Details

For public transportation: this venue is right next to the Washington Street Trolley stop. Otherwise, street parking is available on Hancock Street. Carpooling always encouraged!

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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.