Guest Speakers | Conservation
The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?
As president of The Chronicles Group, Thebaut is dedicated to providing visual and education records for the general viewing public about profound issues facing the 21st century. Throughout his career, Thebaut has written, produced, and directed an array of prominent socially significant productions. His mission is for all people to have access to safe, affordable and sustainable drinking water and adequate sanitation in an attempt to save lives now. Thebaut is currently at work on a new film about the water crisis in South Africa titled “Running Dry – South Africa.”
Video Posted: August 20, 2009 | Running time: 3:52
Guest Speakers | Business | Conservation
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.
Video Posted: August 19, 2009 | Running time: 3:50
This film, directed and produced by Aquarium of the Pacific staff, presents an opportunity to experience Southern California’s underwater beauty and to learn why MPAs are needed.
Video Posted: August 17, 2009
10th Anniversary Scholars | Conservation | Marine Biology
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.
Video Posted: June 23, 2009 | Running time: 2:55
Guest Speakers | Oceanography
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.
Video Posted: May 6, 2009 | Running time: 4:03
Guest Speakers | Conservation | Marine Biology
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.
Video Posted: April 30, 2009 | Running time: 3:57
Guest Speakers | Conservation
Roger McManus has extensive experience and a strong record of accomplishment in marine conservation policy and non-government conservation management. He built the U.S. Center for Marine Conservation (currently named The Ocean Conservancy), into the largest NGO in the world devoted to marine conservation. Mr. McManus has served in several U.S. Administrations, including with the Clinton Administration, as the Ocean Advisor to the Office of the Secretary in the Department of the Interior. Mr. McManus is Conservation International’s Vice President for the Marine Programs Division.
Video Posted: April 27, 2009 | Running time: 3:09
Working Toward Sustainable Fisheries
William W. Fox, Jr., Ph.D., was born in San Diego, California, and was educated in oceanography, marine biology and fisheries at the University of Miami (FL) and University of Washington. The early half of his career was spent as a research scientist and science manager with the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In 2008, Dr. Fox joined the World Wildlife Fund U.S. (WWF-US) as Vice President and Managing Director for Fisheries. Dr. Fox has authored or co-authored over 60 scientific publications.
Video Posted: April 22, 2009 | Running time: 3:55
Guest Speakers | Conservation
The Watersheds of Los Angeles
William Deverell is Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, and Professor of History at USC. He earned his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Stanford and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from Princeton. Prior to coming to USC, Professor Deverell taught at the California Institute on Technology and the University of California, San Diego. Professor Deverell is the author of numerous studies on the 19th and 20th century American West.
Video Posted: April 21, 2009 | Running time: 3:30
Climate Change, The Ocean and Global Sea Level Rise
Stan Wilson began his career as a marine biological collector. He traveled to Antarctica twice, the second time operating from a 30-foot fishing boat when he wintered over. He has been honored by having both an island and a new marine species named after him. Switching fields, he received a PhD in physical oceanography from the Johns Hopkins University. He has worked at the Office of Naval Research, at NASA Headquarters, and at NOAA. Most recently, he has been leading efforts to extend NOAA’s operational satellite program to incorporate ocean capabilities that he helped develop at NASA.
Video Posted: April 16, 2009 | Running time: 2:44