Join CEES in welcoming three marine biologists who have dedicated their lives to saving the oceans: world-famous oceanographer and activist Sylvia Earle, renowned coral reef biologist Nancy Knowlton of the Smithsonian, and policy advocate Amanda Leland of the Environmental Defense Fund. These scientists will offer perspectives during a panel discussion on the fundamental services oceans provide to the people of our planet, and how climate change is having a devastating effect on marine life.
- Sylvia Earle: Arguably the most famous oceanographer on the planet, Dr. Earle is a diver, writer, and scientist-in-residence for National Geographic. She is also the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), a research group that designs robotic sub sea systems. She has campaigned for public awareness of the need to protect ocean systems for more than 30 years. A film documentary of her life, Mission Blue, was just released in 2014.
- Nancy Knowlton: Knowlton is the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and a scientific leader of the Census of Marine Life. She wrote the book, Citizens of the Sea, to celebrate the ten years of the Census. She founded the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego. Knowlton has devoted her life to studying, celebrating, and striving to protect the multitude of life-forms that call the sea home.
- Amanda Leland: Leland is Vice President for Oceans at the Environment Defense Fund. EDF works to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends, focusing on the most critical environmental problems. She is responsible for leading a diverse team of 50 scientists, lawyers, and advocates for healthy and abundant oceans. She focuses on strategies to transform resource management to achieve productive and profitable fisheries in the US.