Speakers Biographies


Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore and Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Harper's, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard and the New Republic, among others. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants including the Howard Foundation Fellowship, awarded by Brown University; the Society for Environmental Journalism Grant; the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship; and the Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University, and teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.

Christina Toms is the Water Board s principal specialist in developing plans and policy action recommendations to address climate change and estuarine wetland resiliency within San Francisco Bay and the outer Pacific Coast.

She coordinates  the development and implementation of regional regulatory policies for large multi-benefit projects within the context of climate change, sea level rise, shoreline protection, and habitat enhancement.

Bob Battalio is a Senior Engineer and Vice President with Environmental Science Associates (ESA) with more than 30 years’ experience in restoration design, coastal engineering, and sea level rise resilience and adaptation planning. Bob is licensed to practice civil engineering in six coastal states, including California.  Bob holds a Master of Engineering in Civil / Coastal Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Bob is currently a member of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission s Engineering Criteria Review Board.

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