Past Seminar

The Census of Marine Life

Oct 4, 2011 Video

About the Event

The Census of Marine Life
RFF Seminar
October 4, 2011

About the Event

The recently completed first Census of Marine Life was a cooperative international effort to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life. At this RFF seminar, program co-founder Jesse H. Ausubel offered the most comprehensive and authoritative answer yet to one of humanity's most ancient questions—“what lives in the sea?”

The census combined information collected over centuries with data obtained during the decade-long effort to create a roll call of species globally and in 25 biologically representative regions—from the Antarctic through temperate and tropical seas to the Arctic. The census helps set a baseline for measuring future changes in the Earth's oceans. Japan recently announced that the census will receive the 2011 International Cosmos Prize for the program’s contributions to science and conservation.

About the Speaker:

Jesse H. Ausubel is Vice President of Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which provided core support to the Census of Marine Life, and Director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University in New York City. The author or editor of over 150 articles, reports, and books, Ausubel is a university fellow at Resources for the Future and an adjunct faculty member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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