Robin M. Grossinger

Robin M. Grossinger
Senior Scientist
Historical Ecology Program Manager
robin@sfei.org
510-746-7380
Robin Grossinger is a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where he directs SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes program. For over twenty years, Robin has analyzed how California landscapes have changed since European contact, using these data to guide landscape-scale restoration strategies. Robin and his team lead now lead efforts throughout the state to reintegrate natural processes within our highly modified landscapes, creating healthier and more adaptive neighborhoods, cities, and surrounding lands.

The innovative work of Robin and his colleagues to synthesize history and science has been acclaimed for helping scientists, managers, and the public appreciate both the dramatic transformation and the impressive resilience of the state's ecosystems. Robin’s many publications include the Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas, released by the University of California Press in 2012, and his work has been featured by NPR, KQED’s QUEST, Saving the Bay, and The New York Times. Among his popular science communication efforts, Robin served as guest-co-curator for the award-winning multi-disciplinary exhibit on San Francisco Bay Above and Below at the Oakland Museum of California. He has been recognized with a Local Hero award from Bay Nature magazine and, in 2014, the Carla Bard Bay Education Award from The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay.
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News and Notables:

Oct-20-14 | Media

Press for the North San Diego County Lagoons Historical Ecology Study "...richly diverse estuaries that made themselves anew as competing forces of saltwater and freshwater claimed their space."

Sep-29-14 | Publications and Reports

An article in Boom: a Journal of California describes how SFEI's Resilient Landscapes team uses historical ecological data to envision future resilient landscapes and shows past-present comparisons of different places from the over two million acres of California ecosystems they have mapped to date.

The article can be viewed online at http://www.boomcalifornia.com/2014/09/futures-past/ or downloaded here.

Jul-10-14 | Publications and Reports

New study points the way to habitat restoration and steelhead recovery on Alameda Creek, the Bay Area’s largest local watershed.

Jul-07-14 | Archive

The Resilient Landscapes (RL) team delivered a number of presentations during the last quarter highlighting recent accomplishments and initiatives.

Jun-09-14 | Media

Bayfront water levels are forecast to rise 1 foot by 2050

May-16-14 | Events and Appearances

California's $1.9 trillion economy is at risk. Leading water experts and policy makers will discuss their plans to secure California's water future at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

Mar-22-14 | Events and Appearances

SFEI scientists are participating in two sessions at the 2014 Salmonid Restoration Federation conference

Mar-04-14 | Events and Appearances

The award honors those who have significantly increased the public's understanding of, and concern for, the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.

Mar-01-14 | Archive

The Resilient Landscapes team is poised to complete several major projects and reports in the near future.

Mar-01-14 | Media

Hold the Shoreline: Coastal Experts look for Soft Solutions at the Edges of of San Francisco Bay