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Aquarium President Honored as Ocean Champion

Aquarium President Honored as Ocean Champion


October 30, 2007

October 31, 2007—Long Beach, Calif. Aquarium of the Pacific’s President and CEO Jerry R. Schubel was honored today with a national Ocean Champion award at Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute in West Long Branch, New Jersey. The Ocean Champion award honors Schubel as an individual who has undertaken actions and demonstrated sustained leadership in advancing a future in which coasts and oceans are clean, safe, sustainably managed, and preserved for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

An Ocean Champion award was also presented to Ted Ames, who received a MacArthur Foundation genius fellowship in 2005, for fusing his roles as fisherman and applied scientist in response to increasing threats to the fishery ecosystem. Prior to receiving the award, Schubel and Ames were joined by Aquarium Board Member Steven Mayer, founder of Atari, Inc., and other experts for a symposium entitled The Future of Ocean Literate Society: Building Communities for Action.

Previous Ocean Champion award recipients include Robert Gagosian, president emeritus of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; the Honorable Leon Panetta of the Panetta Institute and former chair of the Pew Oceans Commission; and Admiral James Watkins, who served as chair of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. Monmouth University President Paul G. Gaffney II was also a member of the U.S. Ocean Commission.

Schubel is past president of the Estuarine Research Federation, and a member and past chair of the National Sea Grant Review Panel. He was formerly chair of the National Research Council’s Marine Board and is now a member. He currently chairs the committee on the future of the St. Lawrence Seaway for the Transportation Research Board, the Marine Board, and the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council. He has chaired a number of other National Research Council committees and his service was recognized in 2004 when he was designated a National Associate of the National Academies.

Schubel holds a B.S. from Alma College, an M.A.T. from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in oceanography from Johns Hopkins University, and is the recipient of an honorary D.Sc. from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He has published more than 200 papers and five books.