Save The Bay Welcomes Estuary Scientist Sam Luoma to Board of Directors

April 2, 2013

Save The Bay, the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay, announced today that Dr. Sam Luoma has joined its Board of Directors.

Dr. Luoma comes to Save The Bay with a distinguished career in Bay estuary and water science. He currently serves as a research ecologist at the University California, Davis, and is editor-in-chief of the journal San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science. He has studied chemical contamination and water management in San Francisco Bay for the past four decades and was the lead scientist for the California Water Stewardship Council’s Bay-Delta program.

“We’re thrilled that Sam is helping Save The Bay employ the best science to protect and restore the Bay for people and wildlife,” said Save The Bay Executive Director David Lewis. “He understands that climate change makes it even more important to expand the shoreline habitat restoration methods Save The Bay has pioneered, and to enlist more partners in that work.”

With the ultimate goal of re-establishing 100,000 acres of healthy tidal marsh around the Bay, Save The Bay staff scientists and biologists work with more than 5,000 trained volunteers annually to restore seven wetland sites around San Francisco Bay. Restored wetlands can provide natural flood control and a buffer against rising sea levels. The management practices developed by Save The Bay’s restoration team are a model for other restoration programs around the Bay.

“Save The Bay’s focus on wetland restoration and science-based advocacy is what excites me most about being on the board,” said Dr. Luoma. “Wetland restoration is not only ecologically important, but is also good governance for cities because it’s the most obvious way to adapt to rising sea levels.”

Dr. Luoma worked at the U.S. Geological Survey for 32 years and received the rank of Meritorious Senior Government Employee from President George W. Bush in 2006. He has authored numerous books and peer-reviewed articles, and has served on countless prestigious advisory boards and committees, including the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Luoma earned a PhD in marine biology from the University of Hawaii, and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s of science in zoology from Montana State University. Dr. Luoma was a W.J. Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in London in 2004.

Luoma joins Save The Bay’s current board members Michael Gallagher, Wade Crowfoot, Michael Dreyfus, Brian Dunn, Donnie Fowler, Ron Gonzales, Michael Katz, Sandy Linder, Maureen E. Reilly, Christopher Richard, Paul A. Stone, Stephen Thompson, and Sinclair White.

About Save The Bay
Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. As the Bay’s leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay remains dedicated to making the Bay cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. We protect our natural treasure from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development; restore habitat; and secure strong policies to re-establish 100,000 acres of wetlands that are essential for a healthy Bay. We engage more than 40,000 supporters, advocates and volunteers to protect the Bay, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders by educating thousands of students annually.