Speaker Biography

Dr. Stuart Siegel is the Coastal Resilience Specialist at the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and a Research Professor in the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University. He is based at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center at the University’s Romberg Tiburon Campus. He has worked for nearly 35 years on restoring the tidal marshes of the San Francisco Estuary, including designing projects, conducting applied research on how restoration projects work and what we can do to make them most effective, and participating in a wide range of regional planning and policy efforts. His recent work focuses on the concept of “nature based solutions” to coastal adaptation to rising sea levels – the use of wetlands, rocky beaches, oyster reefs, eelgrass beds, habitat levees which are together often called “living shorelines.” In close collaboration with Roger Leventhal at Marin County Department of Public Works and Peter Baye (an independent coastal ecologist), he has led the design for three of the region’s innovative living shoreline projects – Aramburu Island in Tiburon and Sears Point and Sonoma Creek in Sonoma County.


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