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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

Gary Braasch & Lynne Cherry

Guest Speakers | Climate Change

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Scientists and kids explore global warming

Lynne Cherry is a conservationist and the author and/or illustrator of over 30 award winning books that teach children to respect Planet Earth, help them learn how they can make a difference in the world they will inherit, and motivate them to act. Gary Braasch, a recipient of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, is a nature-photojournalist who connects with the natural world through his photographs of environmental issues and conservation, nature, biodiversity, ecosystems, and climate change.

Video Posted: February 10, 2009 | Running time: 6:57

Natalie Webster

Guest Speakers | Business | Conservation

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Troll and Pole Tuna Fishing

Natalie Webster is the granddaughter, daughter, and wife of tuna fishermen so tuna fishing and the ups and downs of the tuna industry have long been part of her life. Five years ago she helped found the American Albacore Fishing Association, a small fishery made up of 21 family-owned boats in San Diego, California. She talks to us about her views of the state of the tuna industry today and how the instability and potential bleak future for the industry can be helped.

Video Posted: July 1, 2008 | Running time: 9:56

Desray Reeb: Whale Hugger

Guest Speakers | Conservation | Marine Biology

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A look at the world of whales.

Desray Reeb, Ph.D., is what is commonly called a whale hugger. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where her research included studies of pygmy right whales, mike, humpback, and both northern and southern right whales. More recently she has participated in studies of the northern Pacific right whale in the Bering Sea and sperm whales and other cetaceans in the Gulf of California.

Video Posted: June 25, 2008 | Running time: 5:01

Rae and Wallis: Catch a Wave

Guest Speakers | Oceanography

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Making the Call about Where to Surf Today: Behind the Scenes

Graeme Rae, PhD, is the product manager of and creative source behind Surfline.com, a popular online surfing website focusing on the East Coast. Kevin Wallis is the forecast manager and lead forecaster at Surfline where he develops and supervises the daily surfing forecasts for a large part of the eastern Pacific coast and Hawaii so that surfers will "know before they go".

Video Posted: June 16, 2008 | Running time: 5:40

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