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Stephan Faris

Guest Speakers | Climate Change

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Forecast: The Consequences of Climate Change

Stephan Faris is a freelance journalist and author who specializes in the developing world. From the invasion of Iraq and genocide trials in Rwanda to oil woes in Nigeria and Internet censorship in China, he has covered all of these events and more. Faris earned a Masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is now based in Rome.

Video Posted: August 24, 2009 | Running time: 4:09

Michael Welland

Guest Speakers | Conservation | Oceanography

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Sand: The Never-Ending Story

Dr. Welland, is the founder and director of Orogen Ltd., a consulting company based in London, England. He has been face-to- face with geology around the world from the Arctic to the dunes of the Gulf Kebir (Great Barrier) in the Western Desert of Egypt. He holds a PhD in geology from the University of Cambridge. He and his wife divide their time between London and France.

Video Posted: August 24, 2009 | Running time: 4:09

Chris Lowe

Guest Speakers | Conservation | Marine Biology

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Shark Myths and Misconceptions

Chris Lowe has been studying sharks for over 20 years and currently runs the Shark Lab at CSULB where he was recently awarded Professor of the Year. Dr. Lowe’s research interests include the physiological and behavioral ecology of elasmobranchs and other gamefishes, as well as the role of marine refuges in fisheries conservation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marine biology at Barrington College. He went on to get his masters in biology at CSULB. And he holds a PhD in zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Video Posted: August 21, 2009 | Running time: 4:01

Jim Thebaut

Guest Speakers | Conservation

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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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Roger McManus

Guest Speakers | Conservation

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Ocean Governance

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

Bill Deverell

Guest Speakers | Conservation

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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

Stan Wilson

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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

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