Day One Panelists


    Introductory Remarks

  • Portrait of Nancy Chen

    Nancy Chen

    Nancy Chen is a professor of anthropology and the current department chair. Chen’s recent research examines the role of biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industries in Asian societies. She regularly teaches on the anthropology of food and focuses on changing meanings of food and medicine.

  • Filmmakers

  • Portrait of Michelle Aguilar

    Michelle Aguilar

    Michelle Aguilar is a UC Santa Cruz alumna and documentary filmmaker committed to social equality and fair representation of marginalized populations. Aguilar recieved her M.A. in Social Documentation from UCSC and her work has been screened at the Margaret Mead Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, Carmel International Film Festival, and the Big Sky Film Festival, among others. Her 2015 film El Cacao exposes the dark side of chocolate production in Latin America, following indigenous farmers as they attempt to sustain their community.

  • Portrait of Andrés Camacho

    Andrés Camacho

    Andrés Camacho is a Colombian-Mexican-American documentary filmmaker and fisherman and a recent alumnus of the UC Santa Cruz Film & Digital Media M.F.A Program. His methodology of documentation is long, ambulatory fieldwork, living with subjects at length in deep immersion, sometimes even working alongside them. His 2019 film Open Line documents commercial salmon fishering in Alaska's Bristol Bay, where Camacho has worked as a fly-fishing guide. It follows the families of fishers as they hauling their nets by hand, day or night, to harvest the greatest migration of wild salmon in the world as a proposed open-pit copper mine that threatens the future of the fishery.

  • Moderators

  • Portrait of Rita Mehta

    Rita Mehta

    Rita Mehta is an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz. Her research seeks to understand morphological, physiological, and behavioral evolution. She has a special interest in studying the mechanisms guiding diversification in eel-like vertebrates. She is also interested in the evolution of morphological and behavioral innovations in organismal design.

  • Portrait of Dan Costa

    Dan Costa

    Dan Costa is a distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Institute of Marine Science at UC Santa Cruz. His research on the ecology and physiology of marine mammals and seabirds has taken him to every continent and almost every habitat from the Galapagos to Antarctica. His current work is aimed at recording the movement and distribution patterns of marine mammals and seabirds in an effort to understand their habitat needs. He is very involved in conservation and has been developing tools to identify and create viable Marine Protected Areas for the conservation of highly migratory species.