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James Fawcett

Guest Speakers | Business | Conservation

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Global Trade and Southern California

Dr. James Fawcett directs the marine science and policy outreach component of the USC Sea Grant Program as well as serving as the marine transportation/seaport specialist. In both roles, he serves as a link between campus researchers, the marine transportation industry, government, and the public on seaport operations and management. Fawcett is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the graduate Public Policy program at USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development.

Audio Posted: August 19, 2009 | Running time: 3:50

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The world’s largest breakwater brings controversy.

Should the Long Beach breakwater be altered to bring back the popular beaches Long Beach enjoyed in the 1930s? A sea of debate surrounds this controversial issue.

Audio Posted: July 14, 2009 | Running time: 1:46

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Taking a closer look at shark teeth

The very body part that makes sharks so intimidating is also what makes sharks so fascinating: teeth! From sharks that filter their food instead of biting to sharks that have jaws much like a nutcracker, you can learn a tremendous amount about a shark just by looking at its teeth.

Audio Posted: July 6, 2009 | Running time: 1:29

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May Student Scholar: Brent Maxwell Ward

10th Anniversary Scholars | Conservation | Marine Biology

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The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to announce Brent Maxwell Ward as its 10th Anniversary Scholar in May for his efforts in marine science and conservation. Ward has shown a strong interest in marine biology and conservation. He studied ocean life and the tides during the summer in a NAACP sailing program. There, he learned to work with shipmates of all backgrounds. He has also volunteered at beach clean-ups at Colorado Lagoon. His interest in water extends to his participation in water polo and on the swim team. Maxwell wishes to study biology in college, and become an anesthesiologist.

Audio Posted: June 23, 2009 | Running time: 2:55

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Sand tiger sharks get a jump start on predation.

Sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning in the case of sand tiger shark reproduction. Discover how these embryonic sharks become experienced predators even before they are born.

Audio Posted: June 15, 2009 | Running time: 1:47

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Against the Flow  buttonLink

How fish larvae find a reef home.

Tiny drifters or determined swimmers? New research is discovering some startling information about how larval fish find and populate new reef ecosystems.

Audio Posted: June 1, 2009 | Running time: 2:35

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The complex relationships between predators

Sea otters, bald eagles, and orcas are all Alaskan marine predators. These three very different species are linked through a complex series of relationships that reach across ecosystems and species.

Audio Posted: May 18, 2009 | Running time: 3:21

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Rick Aster

Guest Speakers | Oceanography

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Roaring Oceans and Singing Icebergs

At the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Aster is Professor of Geophysics, the Chair of Earth and Environmental Science, and the Geophysics Program Coordinator in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Aster earned his Masters in Geophysics from the UW Madison and his PhD in Earth Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Aster serves on the Seismological Society of America’s Board of Directors. He received the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Service Medal in 1999.

Audio Posted: May 6, 2009 | Running time: 4:03

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Educational | Conservation | Education Audio | Oceanography

Minerals from the Deep Sea  buttonLink

From science fiction to commercial opportunity

Deep sea mining, once the realm of science fiction, is now an impending reality. The impacts of mining on the organisms of the deep sea are poorly understood as fundamental research on this ecosystem remains to be done.

Audio Posted: May 6, 2009 | Running time: 3:53

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Jesse Ausubel

Guest Speakers | Conservation | Marine Biology

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Counting All the Fish in the Sea

Jesse Ausubel is a Program Director for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University in New York City. During the past decade he helped launch and lead three major international scientific programs in biodiversity science: the Census of Marine Life, the Barcode of Life Initiative, and the Encyclopedia of Life. Ausubel was a main organizer of the first UN World Climate Conference (Geneva, 1979), which substantially elevated global warming on scientific and political agendas.

Audio Posted: April 30, 2009 | Running time: 3:57

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