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January Student Scholar: Brendon Thompson

10th Anniversary Scholars | Conservation

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Aquarium of the Pacific honors its Sixth 10th Anniversary Scholar

The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to announce Brendon Thompson as its January 10th Anniversary Scholar for his excellence in community service. A student at Bethany Christian Elementary School, Thompson has shown an outstanding understanding of, respect for, and stewardship of the ocean through his involvement in the Long Beach Pier Clean Up. In addition, he has worked to bring awareness of cancer and helped to raise money for research, education, and patient services by participating in the 10K American Cancer Society Walk. He also actively works to support and encourage cultural diversity.

Video Posted: March 24, 2009 | Running time: 2:08

Carl Safina

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Conservation

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Connecting with the Earth: The Spiritual Link

Dr. Carl Safina brought ocean conservation into the environmental mainstream. His hundred-plus publications and award-winning books include "Song for the Blue Ocean and Voyage of the Turtle." He’s been profiled by the New York Times, Nightline, and Bill Moyers. His awards include a Pew Fellowship, Lannan Literary Award, John Burroughs Medal, and a MacArthur Prize, among others.

Video Posted: March 10, 2009 | Running time: 4:00

Julie Hagelin

Animal Information | Guest Speakers | Conservation

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Crested Auklets

Dr. Julie Hagelin’s research has shown that in addition to their senses of sight and sound, some birds also use a sense of smell to communicate with others and to attract mates. She explains how studies of Crested Auklets at the Aquarium of the Pacific and at a breeding site in western Alaska have led her to say: “The bird nose knows”. Dr Hagelin is an assistant professor at Swarthmore College where she teaches classes in animal behavior, behavioral ecology, and general biology.

Video Posted: March 6, 2009 | Running time: 2:28

Tim Brick

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Conservation

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Watersheds of California

Tim Brick is chairman of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, representing the City of Pasadena on that board since 1985. Brick played an important role in the development of MWD’s World Water Forum program, which provides grants to Southern California colleges for educational efforts addressing world water problems. Brick graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and has pursued further studies in broadcast journalism and resource economics.

Video Posted: March 3, 2009 | Running time: 4:17

Brian Fagan

Guest Speakers | Climate Change

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The Great Warming

Brian Fagan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and widely acknowledged as the world's leading archaeological writer. His many books include The Rape of the Nile, The Adventure of Archaeology, and four books on ancient climate and human society, including the bestselling The Little Ice Age and The Great Warming. He is also the author of Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of North America as well as the widely used Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California.

Video Posted: February 27, 2009 | Running time: 2:47

Gary Griggs

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Conservation | Oceanography

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Coastal Hazards

Dr. Griggs has been a professor of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz since 1968. He is presently the director of the Institute of Marine Sciences and also the chair of the University of California Marine Council. He served for 15 years as a geologic advisor to Santa Cruz County and has consulted widely for local, state, and national government agencies. Griggs' research and teaching have been focused on coastal processes, hazards, and coastal engineering. Since 1991, he has led an effort to develop a major marine research and education center at the University’s Long Marine Laboratory. Dr. Gary Griggs has written or co-written over 150 articles published in professional journals as well as several books.

Video Posted: February 24, 2009 | Running time: 2:38

Daniel Botkin

Conservation Issues | Guest Speakers | Climate Change | Marine Biology | Oceanography

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Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Energy from the Sea

Daniel Botkin is a scientist who studies life from a planetary perspective. He writes about nature, and is one of the world’s leading researchers who has helped solve major environmental issues. Dr. Botkin is a research professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara and president of The Center for the Study of the Environment. For 39 years, as a Ph. D. ecologist, Botkin has tried to understand life on the Earth. He has studied moose in the far north, elephants in Africa, bowhead whales in the northern ocean, and forests in North and Central America. Botkin has worked as a professional journalist and has degrees in physics, biology, and literature.

Video Posted: February 20, 2009 | Running time: 3:56

Richard Ellis

Guest Speakers | Conservation | Marine Biology

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Tuna: A Love Story

Richard Ellis is one of America's leading marine conservationists, and is generally recognized as the foremost painter of marine natural history subjects in the world. His paintings of whales and sharks have appeared in Audubon, National Wildlife, Australian Geographic, the Encyclopedia Britannica,Sports Afield, and Reader's Digest among many others. In addition to painting, Mr. Ellis is the author of more than eighty magazine articles. In 2008, he published Tuna: A Love Story, and in 2009, On Thin Ice: The Polar Bear and Global Warming. His books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and Korean. He is currently serving as co-curator of Mythic Creatures for the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Video Posted: February 17, 2009 | Running time: 3:55

Peter Howorth

Guest Speakers | Conservation | Marine Biology

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Marine Mammal Rescues

For more than three decades, Peter Howorth has been involved in numerous nonprofit environmental organizations. He was president of the Santa Barbara Underseas Foundation, an organization devoted to education, conservation, and research involving the sea. He was a founding director and president of the Friends of Channel Islands National Park. Howorth has also been involved in numerous research projects with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. He has the distinction of being their first staff associate. Since 1975, Howorth has been a member of the Shark Research Committee, which studies shark attacks on humans worldwide. Howorth's work with marine mammals earned him both state and federal Senatorial Commendations. His work has been featured in numerous television documentaries, ranging from Cousteau's "Rediscovery of the World" to Tom Brokaw's Nightly News.

Video Posted: February 13, 2009 | Running time: 2:00

Margaret Leinen

Guest Speakers | Climate Change | Oceanography

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Addressing CO2 issues through ocean fertilization

Dr. Margaret Leinen is the Chief Science Officer of Climos, Inc., a company leveraging natural processes to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Between 2000 and 2007, Dr. Leinen managed the Geosciences Directorate, the second largest at NSF, that funds the majority of new publicly funded research initiatives in ocean, atmospheric and earth science in the United States. Before going to the National Science Foundation, Dr. Leinen was Dean, Graduate School of Oceanography and Vice Provost for Marine and Environmental Programs at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Leinen is also a well-known researcher in paleo-oceanography and paleo-climatology.

Video Posted: February 10, 2009 | Running time: 2:14

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