IEEE Phoenix Section Annual Banquet 2016

Annual Banquet – Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Hilton Phoenix Airport, 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Keynote Presentation

Title: Are there plenty more fish in the sea?

Speaker: Dr. David A. Demer

Senior Scientist and Leader, Advanced Survey Technologies Program

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

8901 La Jolla Shores Drive

La Jolla, CA, 92037


Most people are consuming more fish and are paying more for it. Less of it is wild caught and more is from aquaculture. Wild fish populations depend on ecosystem productivity, which is effected by a variety of forces such as El Niño, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, and fishing. These factors can change fish distributions, damage habitats, and alter biodiversity and ecological functions. In this context, we will explore the living resources in two of the most productive ecosystems on Earth:  the Scotia Sea in the Southern Ocean, off the Antarctic Peninsula; and the California Current off the west coast of North America. We will learn how a variety of optical and acoustic instruments, and manned and autonomous vehicles are used to probe these remote and often inaccessible regions. In the process of counting and mapping exploited fish, we will touch on the complex interactions of climate, weather, seabed and oceanographic environments, avian and marine prey and predators, and fishers. We may enhance our appreciation for the effect the world ocean has on humanity, and vice-versa.

Speaker Biography



Dr. David A. Demer earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from University of Arizona in 1986, worked as a Product Engineer for Intel Corporation from 1986 to 1989, received a Hertz Foundation Fellowship in 1989, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Applied Ocean Science / ECE from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California at San Diego in 1994. He began his career with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) as a Research Engineer with the Antarctic Ecosystems Research Division in 1990. He became the Leader of SWFSC’s Advanced Survey Technologies Program (AST) in 1999, a Research Associate with the Marine Physical Laboratory at SIO in 2000, a Research Associate with the Integrative Oceanography Division at SIO in 2007, Guest Editor for the ICES Journal of Marine Science (JMS) in 2009, Review Editor for the JMS in 2012, and Senior Scientist at the SWFSC in 2010. Presently, he continues to lead the AST, acoustic-trawl surveys of fish and zooplankton, and the development and application of new marine and riverine sampling instruments and techniques. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Demer has designed and conducted investigations of zooplankton and fish stocks, predator-prey interactions, and ecosystems along the west coast of North America from the Sea of Cortes to the Bering Sea; along the east coast from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of Maine; in the Irish, Ligurian, and Red Seas, off South Africa, and in the Southern Ocean.

Banquet Agenda

Registration / Social Hour:  5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Sit-Down Dinner:                  6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Section Program:                  7:15 PM – 8:00 PM
Keynote Presentation:          8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Awards Presentation:           8:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Change of Section Officers:  9:15 PM – 9:30 PM

Business Attire is recommended

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Banquet Venue


2435 South 47th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
(480) 894-1600
West of Hohokam (143) Freeway and North of University Drive