From Sea to Changing Sea: A Science Symposium about Oceans

This symposium will focus on the changing nature of the world’s oceans and the questions that arise from that change. The program will begin with a study of new data about the formation of oceans and the origins of early life. Speakers will then examine how oceans have transformed over climate epochs as water temperatures have fluctuated and ice sheets have formed and melted. Leading scientists and policymakers will also consider how human behavior is affecting the seas, and they will explore the impact of these shifts on marine life, islands, coastal areas, and climate change overall. The symposium will conclude by asking what role the scientific community and others can play in understanding and stewarding this critical global resource.
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  • Chris Bowler RI ’17, CNRS Director of Research, Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure
  • Tony de Brum, former minister of foreign affairs, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Christopher W. Clark, I.P. Johnson Director of the Bioacoustics Research Program; senior scientist, Neurobiology and Behavior; senior scientist, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • Anne L. Cohen, associate scientist with tenure, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • David Emerson, senior research scientist and associate director for bacteriology, Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
  • Peter R. Girguis, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, Harvard University
  • John Huth, faculty codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute; Donner Professor of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
  • Richard J. Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Amala Mahadevan RI ’15, senior scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • John W. Mandelman, vice president, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean life, chief scientist, Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, New England Aquarium
  • Andrew Pershing, chief scientific officer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Steven D. Poulin, commander, First Coast Guard District, United States Coast Guard
  • Maureen E. Raymo, Lamont Research Professor and director, Lamont-Doherty Core Repository, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
  • Lynne D. Talley, distinguished professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
  • Rebecca Woodgate, senior principal oceanographer and associate professor of oceanography, University of Washington
The event is free and open to the public.
October 28, 2016 at 9:00am - 5pm
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University 10 Garden Street, Cambridge MA


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