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Exploring the Ocean by the Seat of Your Pants

June 4 - 8, 2018

World Ocean Day is June 8th and we're celebrating with a week of Google Hangouts with leading ocean scientists and explorers from around the world.
No matter how near or far from the ocean you live, it plays an important role in our lives, from the air we breathe, to the food we eat, to the weather we experience. Most of life on Earth can be found in our ocean and it's likely where life first originated. Yet 95% of our ocean remains unexplored, we have better maps of the Moon and Mars than we do of the ocean floor.
This week we'll celebrate the beauty and biodiversity of our ocean while learning about the challenges it faces going forward from those who have dedicated their lives to exploring, understanding and protecting it.
Classroom camera spot sign ups begin May 28th @ 9am eastern
Whale Shark and Hammerhead photos by Simon Pierce

The Google Hangouts:

June 4, 2018

9:00 am

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Roger Horrocks is an underwater cinematographer who specialises in crafting sequences for wildlife documentaries and features. He is best known for his work on the BBC's Blue Planet 2 series, and was one of the principal camera team members that was awarded a BAFTA for photography in 2018. Roger has extensive filming and diving experience in a wide range of underwater environments, from fresh water delta systems in Africa, to the tropical seas off Costa Rica and the cold reaches of the Antarctic, and has just recently wrapped filming on a Netflix Original series Our Planet which will premiere in 2019.

June 4, 2018

9:00 am

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Educated as a multidisciplinary ocean scientist and mariner, educator, and business entrepreneur by trade. Breezy has been to 6 out of 7 continents and 4 out of 5 oceans, and even the North Pole. She has worked on projects ranging from seafloor mapping in the Pacific Ocean, sediment sampling around New Zealand, geologic mapping in Antarctica, paleolandscape reconstruction in Greece, and fisheries observations off the coast of New England.

June 4, 2018

10:00 am

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Asha is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. She calls the population of blue whales in Sri Lankan waters ‘the Unorthodox Whales’ because through many years of research, her work has shown that they are simply different. She is the first and only Sri Lankan to have a Ph.D. in research related to marine mammals, and she's launched Oceanswell, Sri Lanka’s first marine conservation research and education organization. Asha is a National Geographic Explorer and TED Fellow.

June 4, 2018

11:00 am

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Producer Director Rachel Butler started her career with the BBC in Australia working on the series ‘Great Barrier Reef’ in 2010. The BBC brought Rachel back to the UK a year later and she’s since been part of the core production team on ‘Shark’, ‘Blue Planet II’ and IMAX release ‘Oceans’. Originally from Guernsey and with a fascination of the ocean since a young age, Rachel has also worked as a marine biologist and diving instructor. For Blue Planet II she spent over 600 hours filming underwater and a year on location directing sequences that include the ingenious tool using tusk fish, Japanese sex changing fish, the infamous ‘boiling seas’ & Galapagos sea lions hunting tuna.

June 4, 2018

11:00 am

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Dr. Gabby Ahmadia is a lead marine scientist on the Ocean’s Conservation team at WWF where she provides programmatic and technical support on a range of marine issues. She has expertise in tropical marine ecology, monitoring design and implementation, and impact evaluation of marine conservation interventions. She currently supports work in the Bird's Head and Sunda Banda Seascapes of Eastern Indonesia to better understand the linkages between MPAs and social and ecological outcomes. Gabby is also supporting work on coral reefs, climate, and fisheries to identify strategic conservation priorities in the Coral Triangle.

June 4, 2018

12:00 pm

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Joe will be using one of our satellite BGAN units to broadcast from the intertidal zone and show classrooms the amazing biodiversity found in tidal pools at low tide.
Leeches, bot flies, wasps and tsetse flies – Joe Cutler has been bitten or stung by each one, all in search of tiny freshwater fish. Cutler is a National Geographic Explorer, ichthyologist and conservationist in Central Africa. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, and currently works with The Nature Conservancy in Gabon. Over the past four years, Cutler has conducted seven fish sampling expeditions, collecting hundreds of fish species including dozens that are new to science.

June 4, 2018

12:00 pm

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Gaelin Rosenwaks is a marine scientist, explorer, photographer and filmmaker. Always fascinated by the marine world, Gaelin began diving at 14 and has since continued exploring ocean ecosystems. She began her career at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she researched over-wintering patterns of Southern Ocean zooplankton. Gaelin earned her Master’s Degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University working with the Tag-A-Giant program and conducting research on the migratory movements of Giant Bluefin Tunas. Alarmed by the changes happening in the oceans, Gaelin founded Global Ocean Exploration Inc (GOE) to share her passion for ocean exploration, marine conservation and photography. She now participates and conducts expeditions in every ocean to alert the public not only to the challenges facing the oceans, but also to what science is doing to understand these changes. Gaelin is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society, the Explorers Club and the Society of Women Geographers.

June 4, 2018

1:00 pm

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Julia Barnes is the award-winning filmmaker behind Sea of Life. For as long as she can remember Julia has been passionate about the natural world, but it wasn't until she was 16 that she realized the world she loved was in jeopardy. After watching Rob Stewart's documentary Revolution and learning that the world's coral reefs, rain forests and fisheries are expected to be gone by the middle of the century she was compelled to take action to protect the world she loved from human destruction. Film was the most powerful weapon she could imagine so at the age of 16, with no film experience, she picked up a video camera and set out to make a documentary to raise awareness about the biggest threats facing the planet and inspire audiences to turn things around.

June 4, 2018

1:00 pm

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Dr. Mike Gil, Ph.D., is a National Science Foundation Research Fellow, a TED Fellow, and a National Geographic Explorer. He has led research around the world: from coral reefs in the Caribbean, French Polynesia and Southeast Asia, to ‘microislands’ of plastic garbage, teeming with life, in the middle of the Pacific. Various national and international media outlets have covered Mike’s scientific discoveries. His diverse research efforts are unified by a common goal: better understand how natural communities of organisms function and provide essential services to humankind in a changing world. In addition to his scientific research, Mike is an award-winning science communicator with broad interests in connecting diverse swaths of the public with the process of scientific discovery and all that it offers to individuals and to humankind. To this end, Mike founded and runs SciAll.org, which uses unconventional videos to diversify interest in science. By bringing mass online audiences along for the adventures of his career, including run ins with sharks, whales and other underwater wonders, as well as foul weather and seas, Mike aims to deliver the timely message that science is an exhilarating process of discovery that is truly accessible to all and in the service of all.

June 4, 2018

2:00 pm

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Join the crew of the JOIDES Resolution north of New Zealand as, for the first time ever, they drill into an active underwater volcano. Between New Zealand and Tonga is a seafloor studded with volcanoes. This long chain of hidden giants is known as the Kermadec-Tonga Arc, and it represents one of the most hydrothermally-active regions on the planet. For scientists, the jewel in the crown is Brothers volcano, whose summit lies 1.2km beneath the waves. The JOIDES Resolution (JR) is a research vessel that drills into the ocean floor to collect and study core samples. Scientists use data from the JR to better understand climate change, geology and Earth’s history. It is a part of the International Ocean Discovery Program and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

June 5, 2018

9:00 am

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Bob Ballard is best known for his historic discoveries of hydrothermal vents, the sunken R.M.S. Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, and numerous other contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world. During his long career he has conducted more than 150 deep sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology. Dr. Ballard also spends a great deal of his time involved in various educational outreach programs. In 2008 he secured the E/V Nautilus, which has become his flagship for exploration.

June 5, 2018

9:30 am

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Dr. Katy Croff Bell is an ocean explorer who has spent nearly 20 years using deep sea technology to discover what lies at the depths of the ocean. She is the Founder of the Open Ocean initiative at the MIT Media Lab and a Fellow at the National Geographic Society, developing programs for rapid deployment of new and emerging technologies for ocean exploration and community building. Previously, as Executive Vice President of the Ocean Exploration Trust, Katy led the development of exploration and research activities for E/V Nautilus, including management of scientists, engineers, educators, and students from 30+ countries working together to conduct telepresence-enabled expeditions around the world.

June 5, 2018

10:00 am

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Mae is a young ocean enthusiast and was the 2017 European Our World Underwater Scholarship Society's Rolex Scholar. With an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and currently studying a Masters in Science communication she was able to embark on a year of world-wide travel, all to do with scuba diving and the oceans! The scholarship enhanced her passion for the seas exposing her to new ways of exploring this environment as well as learning alongside world leaders in marine biology, underwater photography and science communication. Yes, she was able to see some of the most wonderful marine life that many would dream of seeing, but she also saw the many threats facing the oceans.

June 5, 2018

10:30 am

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Bethany is a research associate with the Wild Dolphin Project, founded and directed by Dr. Denise Herzing, where she studies two resident species of oceanic dolphins: Atlantic spotted (Stenella frontalis) and Atlantic bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) in the Bahamas. She spent years freediving and snorkeling to photograph, film, and collect data on these animals. As a researcher, she's most interested in animal movement patterns and habitat use but WDP studies everything from communication to behaviour, genetics and social structure. During her time as a biologist and living at sea, she's come eye-to-eye with tiger sharks and sea turtles, swam into a box jellyfish, and dove on the shark-diver team for Diana Nyad. Her fieldwork has brought her to many places around the globe. She's spent hours hiking along the beach at night in the Virgin Islands to study nesting leatherback sea turtles, trekked above treeline in the Andes Mountains, freedove with sleeping sharks in the Galapagos Islands and watched elephants in Kruger National Park of South Africa.

June 5, 2018

11:00 am

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Jill Heinerth is a veteran of over thirty years of filming, photography and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world with National Geographic, NOAA, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide. She is the inaugural Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and the diving world’s highest award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the NOGI. As a motivational speaker, Jill Heinerth educates and inspire people about our fascinating underwater world. Partnering with Penguin Random House in Canada and Harper Collins in the US, Jill will soon be releasing four new major-market, non-fiction and children’s books.

June 5, 2018

12:00 pm

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Ben Kneppers is a Co-Founder of Bureo Inc., an emerging company operating between Chile and the California focused on creating innovative solutions to ocean plastic pollution. Through the team’s initiative, ‘Net Positiva’, Bureo has created Chile’s first ever fishnet collection & recycling program. Net Positiva provides fisherman with environmentally sound disposal points, while Bureo receives highly recyclable raw materials to create innovative products that bring net positive solutions to the world. Find out more at www.bureo.co

June 5, 2018

1:00 pm

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Octavio is an Associate Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), a professional photographer associate with the International League of Conservation Photographers, and a National Geographic Explorer. His research and photographs have focused on marine reserves and commercially exploited marine species and their fisheries in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the U.S.

June 5, 2018

1:00 pm

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Scientists on board the RV Falkor are leading an innovative multi-vehicle expedition to the Subtropical Front, a sharp boundary between cool, fresh, northern waters and warmer, saltier southern waters. In this area of differing conditions, the team will deploy several autonomous vehicles to find, track, and sample physical, chemical, and biological features of the ocean on time-space scales not previously possible by ship or aircraft studies alone. The overall goal is to establish a new method for observing the ocean with unmanned aerial, surface, and underwater vehicles orchestrated from an ocean space control center aboard Falkor.

June 5, 2018

1:00 pm

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Join us for a live feeding of the green sea turtles at the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, Ontario.

June 5, 2018

2:00 pm

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How do you give a swimming whale a check-up? When Dr. Burgess moved from Australia to join the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, her mission was to help create a new method to investigate the health of large whales at sea - using the whale’s exhaled breath or ‘blow’. Liz specializes in developing and using non-harmful ways to gather the necessary data to monitor marine wildlife, which are often rare and elusive. Her research on hormones – found in poop, blow, and also baleen – allows us to understand reproduction and pregnancy, as well as nutritional and stress responses that are necessary for an animal’s survival in a changing world. With skills in both laboratory and field methods, Liz has unique experiences collecting samples from a variety of difficult-to-study species, including sea turtles, dugongs, manatees, baleen whales, sperm whales, and even beaked whales. Her goal in conservation is to find answers to important questions about the health of threatened populations – and ultimately, to provide evidenced-based science on the effects and consequences of increasing human impacts in our oceans.

June 6, 2018

9:00 am

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Ruth is a National Geographic Explorer, marine biologist, social scientist and science communicator. She is the founder and director of Protect Africa's Sawfishes. She works to better understand where in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world highly threatened sawfishes still exist, and the threats they face in those places. She is passionate about community-led conservation and creative approaches to communicating science and conservation messages to people in the developing world. She hads documented for the first time the presence of two species of sawfish in northern Papua New Guinea.

June 6, 2018

9:30 am

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Join Paul and the Pristine Seas Crew Live from their expedition vessel in the Azores! The expedition will make a scientific survey of the natural marine heritage of this area of the Azores, as well as documenting, on film, the main natural values present there. Paul is a man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced field science and polar experts, Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet. Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.

June 6, 2018

10:00 am

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As the first grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien spent his early years aboard his famous grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone; and learning how to scuba dive on his fourth birthday. In June 2014, Fabien and his team of aquanauts embarked on Mission 31, the longest science expedition to take place at Aquarius, the world’s only underwater marine laboratory located in Florida. Fabien’s Mission 31 broke new ground in ocean exploration and honored the 50th anniversary of his grandfather’s original underwater living experiment (Conshelf Two) by going deeper, longer and further, while broadcasting each moment live on multiple channels exposing the world to the adventure, drama and mystique of what lies beneath (mission-31.com). Currently he is working on multiple projects and dedicates much of his time to the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (“OLC”), his non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 2016 to fulfill his dream of creating a vehicle to make a positive change in the world. 

June 6, 2018

11:00 am

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Dr. Joe MacInnis has led or participated in more than fifty of the world’s most important expeditions and logged more time beneath the surface of the Arctic Ocean than any other scientist on earth. Joe is a physician, scientist, and author who led the teams that made the first science dives at the North Pole and built the world’s first polar undersea station. He was among the first to dive to the Titanic and has worked with the US Navy, the Canadian government, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and NASA. Dr. MacInnis also spent 80 days working with James Cameron on Cameron’s “DeepSea Challenge Project.

June 6, 2018

11:30 am

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Michelle focuses on gaining knowledge about the health and environmental impacts of commercial global fisheries. She joined the New England Aquarium in 2006 after working as a fisheries observer based in New Bedford, MA, and on trawl surveys for the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. She is a member of both the Anderson Cabot Center’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions and Bycatch Reduction and Mitigation programs. By connecting scientific research to fishing communities in search of solutions, Michelle is interested in improving fishing techniques and behaviors for balanced, healthy ecosystems and food security worldwide.

June 6, 2018

12:00 pm

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Chris Millbern is an explorer, photographer and interdisciplinary science enthusiast with a knack for picking the toughest jobs offered to him. His photographic work is currently featured online with National Geographic and spans international adoption by government agencies, non-profits, and major corporations alike. Chosen as the 2016 North American Rolex Scholar for his achievements in hyperbaric medicine, Chris has since joined three National Geographic expeditions as a dive medic and photographer while continuing his underwater education. He currently works as a producer and field capture specialist with Virtual Wonders, a digital conservation company dedicated to creating ultra-high resolution scans of the world’s greatest wonders.

June 6, 2018

1:00 pm

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National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, and government official. Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle is the Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., Founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, Chair of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute, and the Ocean in Google Earth. She has 20 honorary degrees and has authored more than 175 scientific, technical, and popular publications, lectured in more than 70 countries, and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions. She has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7000 hours underwater including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, participating in nine saturation dives, and setting a record for solo diving in 1000 meters depth. 

June 6, 2018

1:00 pm

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Diva Amon is a Trinidadian deep-sea biologist who studies what lives in our world's deep oceans, and how we, humans, are impacting it. She is currently undertaking a two-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellowship at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. In 2013, she completed her PhD at the University of Southampton, UK, after which, she spent three years at the University of Hawai’i, USA, researching the largely unknown abyssal fauna of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, an area targeted for deep-sea mining in the Pacific Ocean. Throughout her career, Diva has participated in deep-sea expeditions around the world, exploring and studying previously unknown habitats. She has done a considerable amount of science communication and public engagement, with her work featured on CNN International, National Geographic, BBC World and more. Diva is also a co-founder of the non-profit NGO, SpeSeas, dedicated to marine science, education and advocacy in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean. You can find her on Twitter (@DivaAmon) or visit her website (https://divaamon.com/).

June 6, 2018

2:00 pm

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Megan Cook is an ocean explorer- taking robots deep into Earth's oceans illuminating animals and landscapes never before seen by humans. Working beside legendary explorer and Titanic discoverer, Dr. Robert Ballard, Megan inspires audiences around the world with biological, geological, chemical, and geographic discoveries from the soggy 71% of the planet! A science-enthusiasm volcano, Megan loves helping people fall into fascination with our planet and coordinates Ocean Exploration Trust's outreach and education programs. She has worked as a submarine copilot, a professional diver, an invasive species wrangler, an educator in and on the water, as well as being honored as a Mission Blue Young Explorer and North America's Rolex Scholar in 2012.

June 6, 2018

2:00 pm

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Ana is a marine biology PhD student at UC Santa Barbara. For her graduate work, she is studying schooling fish on coral reefs and how they change the environment around them. In addition to being an ecologist, Ana is also a scuba diver, hobby illustrator & photographer, and keeps her wanderlust satiated working as a naturalist on expedition ships. In 2014 she was named North American Rolex Scholar of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society.

June 6, 2018

3:00 pm

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Jennifer Stock is the education and outreach coordinator for NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of the Marin and Sonoma counties in California. Jennifer is an "ocean translator" and works closely with marine scientists to translate to people on land what is going on out there any why the ocean is so important. In 2017, Jennifer was part of an exciting deep sea exploration cruise to the never before seen habitats in the deeper parts of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary where we explored with remotely operated vehicles. I'll share how and why we explore the deep and share it with people like you!

June 7, 2018

9:00 am

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Andrea was the first to complete a PhD on manta rays. She stayed on in Mozambique to spearhead the conservation efforts of these animals along this remote coastline. During this time she co-founded the Marine Megafauna Foundation, an organization dedicated to saving our ocean giants from extinction. As a conservation biologist and principal researcher at MMF, her team focuses predominately on questions related to the effective management and conservation of threatened marine animals. Andrea campaigns globally for the protection of marine giants from whale sharks to manta rays, using her scientific background to formulate plans for their management. Aside from dramatically increasing the level of knowledge on manta rays themselves, Andrea’s discovery of a new giant species of manta ray in 2009 was one of the largest new species to have been described in the last few decades.

June 7, 2018

9:00 am

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Sam is a marine biologist turned conservationist whose fascination with the ocean started on a field trip to the coral reefs of South East Asia. Her fate was sealed when she first learnt to dive, and has since spent her career helping people to understand the value of these incredible ecosystems. She now works to help governments and SCUBA Diving and snorkelling operators work together in a powerful alliance to protect their coral reefs.

June 7, 2018

9:30 am

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Dr. Hilary Moors-Murphy is a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO). Her expertise lies in the realm of marine mammals and underwater sounds. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in studying marine mammal sounds and currently leads the cetacean research program at BIO with a primary focus on using passive acoustic methods to increase our understanding of how whales use waters off Nova Scotia throughout the year. Her work contributes to the development of new technologies for acoustic monitoring and plays an important role in conservation and protection of whales in Canada.

June 7, 2018

10:00 am

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Lizzie Carr (AKA Lizzie Outside) is a natural born adventurer, double world record holder, and environmentalist. She was the first women to solo paddle board across the English Channel and the first person to paddle board the length of England. She has dedicated her life to completing endurance challenges on her paddle board to highlight environmental issues with plastic pollution globally.

June 7, 2018

11:00 am

Camera spots available: 4

Nissa is a master’s student at Humboldt State University and a Nancy Foster Scholar. She works on mapping deep sea coral in southern California, which are special species that can be hundreds to thousands of years old. Before moving to Northern California, Nissa studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she worked in island conservation in California and the Philippines. She has also researched climate change impacts on the rainforests of Southern China and worked in salt marsh restoration in the San Francisco Bay. Her academic and career path has been driven by her love of the natural world and her passion for the communication and application of scientific research. When Nissa isn’t mapping deep sea corals, she is usually trying to do a handstand, identifying bugs, or petting dogs.

June 7, 2018

12:00 pm

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Andrea is a fish biologist, diver, and conservationist. Her research blends many kinds of science to study stressed-out fish around the world: East Africa; Southeast Asia; Oceania; and the Pacific Northwest. She strives to engage Indigenous community members as active participants in the research process and is herself a member of the northern, coastal Nisga’a Nation. Andrea has been awarded a NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Grant in support of her work on Pacific salmon bycatch.

June 7, 2018

1:00 pm

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Shah Selbe is the founder of Conservify and a National Geographic Explorer Fellow. He started his career as a spacecraft propulsion engineer but now works as a conservation technologist, helping communities, NGOs, and developing countries to identify and deploy technologies that can help with their greatest conservation challenges. This includes low-cost observation platforms (conservation drones, acoustic sensors, open source sensors, satellite imagery, etc) and better methods to share and manage the data gathered (using mobile technologies, crowdsourcing, the internet). This has taken him to places like the Peruvian Amazon, Botswana's Okavango Delta, Canada's Banff National Park, Caribbean Islands, Congo's lowland gorilla reserves, and many more.

June 7, 2018

2:00 pm

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Erin Spencer is a marine ecologist science communicator who uses photography and writing to share stories of innovative approaches to conservation. A three-time National Geographic Grantee, Erin's current work examines the rate of seafood mislabeling in the Southeastern United States, a practice that poses economic, environmental, and human health risks. Previously, she studied innovative responses to invasive species, particularly lionfish in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean. Through the Invasive Species Initiative, which she launched in 2014, she's traveled from Florida to Fiji in search of creative ways people are combatting invasive species in their backyards.

June 7, 2018

2:00 pm

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Julie Angus is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland. She has also cycled across continents, rowed thousands of kilometers of coastlines and rivers, and organized a National Geographic sponsored expedition that sailed the ancient Phoenician trading routes to research the olive tree. She is a recipient of the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award, a fellow of the Canadian Geographic Society and has been named as one of North America's leading adventurers Explore magazine. Julie has a graduate degree from the University of Victoria in Molecular Biology, and an undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University. She had a successful career in venture capital, business development and technology transfer, and continues to be active in entrepreneurial pursuits. Julie is the bestselling author of three books and co-producer of two documentaries.

June 8, 2018

9:00 am

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Asher Jay is an international adventurer and public figure whose compelling paintings, sculptures, installations, animations, ad campaigns, and films all have a single purpose: to incite global action on behalf of wildlife conservation. Asher's travels to the frontline have made her witness and story-teller, combatting illegal wildlife trafficking, promoting habitat sanctuaries and illuminating humanitarian emergencies. Her core message, again and again: biodiversity loss during the Anthropocene – the Age of Man.

June 8, 2018

10:00 am

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Join in as we head to SANCCOB a marine bird rehabilitation centre in South Africa. They specialize in saving South African penguins as well as other marine birds. They've treated tens of thousands of birds and released them back into the wild. We'll meet educator Alex and learn about SANCCOB and then take a tour to meet some of the penguins!

June 8, 2018

11:00 am

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Join in as we head to SANCCOB a marine bird rehabilitation centre in South Africa. They specialize in saving South African penguins as well as other marine birds. They've treated tens of thousands of birds and released them back into the wild. We'll meet educator Alex and learn about SANCCOB and then take a tour to meet some of the penguins!

June 8, 2018

11:00 am

Camera spots available: 2

Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence dedicated to restoring the health and productivity of the ocean. His more than 120 scientific publications are widely recognized and used for real-world conservation efforts such as the creation of marine reserves. Enric is currently working to help protect the last pristine marine ecosystems worldwide, and to develop new business models for marine conservation. He founded and leads National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 13 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area of over 4.5 million square kilometers. Enric has received many awards including 2008 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, 2013 Research Award from the Spanish Geographical Society, 2013 Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club, and a 2013 Hero Award from the Environmental Media Association. 

June 8, 2018

11:00 am

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Join the crew of the JOIDES Resolution north of New Zealand as, for the first time ever, they drill into an active underwater volcano. Between New Zealand and Tonga is a seafloor studded with volcanoes. This long chain of hidden giants is known as the Kermadec-Tonga Arc, and it represents one of the most hydrothermally-active regions on the planet. For scientists, the jewel in the crown is Brothers volcano, whose summit lies 1.2km beneath the waves. The JOIDES Resolution (JR) is a research vessel that drills into the ocean floor to collect and study core samples. Scientists use data from the JR to better understand climate change, geology and Earth’s history. It is a part of the International Ocean Discovery Program and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

June 8, 2018

12:00 pm

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Kristin has worked extensively in Canada's eastern Arctic researching narwhal, belugas and killer whales for the last 15 years. She found her passion for marine life through adventure and water sports, specifically kayaking, having owned and operated a kayaking operation in the north that offered close encounters with beluga whales. She has a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Manitoba, where she researched the movement and diving of narwhal in northern Hudson Bay and is working on a PhD exploring environmental factors affecting beluga movements. Kristin works as a marine biologist for Oceans North, a science based conservation organization.

June 8, 2018

1:00 pm

Camera spots available: 2

Fellows of the Explorers Club (FI’16) and Associate Members of the Boston Sea Rovers, Michel and Julie and are co-owners of N2Pix. They are expedition leaders and guest speakers in Canada and the US. Their underwater images and films have been presented in film festivals throughout the US, Canada and Europe and published in several international dive magazines. They are the co-founders of an international underwater film festival and Brand Ambassadors. Michel is a photojournalist, PADI Ambassador, PADI Master Instructor, DAN Examiner, PSI Instructor and Technical Diving Instructor. Julie is an expedition videographer, filmmaker and a member of the Ocean Artist Society, Instructor and a Trimix Technical Supervisor.

June 8, 2018

1:00 pm

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Over 90% of the ocean floor remains unmapped, in fact we have better maps of the Moon and Mars then we do of the ocean floor. We'll join Lindsay Gee, the science and mapping coordinator aboard the EV Nautilus to learn how they are mapping unexplored regions from Vancouver Island to the Baja Peninsula. The 2018 Nautilus Expedition will launch the fourth year of exploration in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and will be one of the most extensive seasons to date. From June to November, Nautilus will document and survey unexplored regions from British Columbia, Canada, along the West Coast of the United States, and for the first time, west to the Hawaiian Islands.

June 8, 2018

2:00 pm

Camera spots available: 4

Alexandra is a Fisheries Ph.D. student and a NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar at Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Her research will examine the effects of nearshore currents and upwelling patterns, on the dispersal of larval rockfish of rockfish from Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Oregon and Washington Coast including the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Alex has always loved anything and everything having to do with water, whether it’s the ocean, rivers or lakes. This has led her to work in many coastal areas in the United States and in Ecuador. She has studied the genetic diversity and conservation of the misty grouper in the Galapagos Islands, conducted environmental impact research in the Amazon, researched the oyster and blue crab populations in the Chesapeake Bay with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).

June 8, 2018

2:00 pm

Camera spots available: 1

Elisabeth works at the forefront of Arctic conservation, connecting the dots between maintaining healthy marine ecosystems in the Arctic, addressing the impacts of climate change, and the supporting the vision of coastal communities throughout the region. Her advocacy for science-based conservation that supports Alaska Native subsistence values gives her the unique opportunity to collaborate with scientists, innovators, federal and international policy makers and remote Alaskan communities. Prior to joining WWF, Elisabeth travelled to Russia as a Fulbright scholar, landing in Irkutsk, where she spent the next four years immersed in the culture, ecology, and natural beauty of the Siberian wilderness. Still enamored with life at the edge of civilization, Elisabeth then moved from Siberia to Alaska and began her work with WWF. Whether it's working with remote Arctic villages to establish wildlife safety programs, drafting federal conservation strategy as a member of the Polar Bear Recovery Team, or teaming up with innovation and design experts from Silicon Valley to revolutionize satellite telemetry, Elisabeth brings her passion for wildlife conservation to her job every day. Elisabeth also enjoys photography, so you’re more likely to see her behind the lens than in front of it!

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