Robin M. Grossinger

Robin M. Grossinger
Senior Scientist
Historical Ecology Program Manager
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 San Francisco Bay and other California landscapes have changed since European contact, using these data to highlight opportunities and guide landscape-scale restoration strategies. 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. He has been recognized with a Local Hero award from Bay Nature magazine (2012) and the Carla Bard Bay Education Award from The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay in 2014.
Publication List
Curriculum Vitae

News and Notables:

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.

At the Salmonid Restoration Federation conference in March, Senior Scientist Robin Grossinger presented on the use of spatial tools for determining salmonid habitat condition, while Geomorphologist Scott Dusterhoff co-convened a session on southern and central California steelhead habitat rehabilitation.

In May, Scott Dusterhoff delivered a presentation at the Society for Ecological Restoration (SERCAL) conference on Flood Control 2.0, an initiative to restore San Francisco bayland habitat using innovative approaches to flood control channel design and management...

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.

Through the Delta Landscapes project, the RL team is developing a set of tools to facilitate landscape-scale restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem. Funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the project uses the historical perspective of the Delta developed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Historical Ecology Investigation as a basis to evaluate changes in landscape scale patterns and ecological functions. The forthcoming report presents quantifiable metrics, conceptual models, and other planning tools...

Mar-01-14 | Media

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

Feb-01-14 | Media

Join Robin Grossinger as he describes Flood Control 2.0 and how bay area environmental organizations are rethinking the way that flooding is controlled around San Francisco Bay.

Aug-30-13 | Events and Appearances

Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay draws extensively on SFEI expertise in water quality, mapping, indigenous knowledge, and Bay history. SFEI partnered in the development of the show over the past two years, with Senior Scientist Robin Grossinger serving as guest co-curator.