Keynote Speaker

Robert Howarth

Carl Safina 
Endowed Professor, founding president of the Carl Safina Institute, Stony Brook University

"Caught in the Same Net: The Ocean and Us"
Carl Safina is an author, activist, and endowed research professor. He earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from SUNY Purchase and a M.S. and Ph.D. In Ecology from Rutgers University. He has written various books and many other writings about how the ocean is changing, lives of free-living animals, and the human relationship with the natural world. His books include; among others, the award winning "Song for the Blue Ocean" and "Eye of the Albatross", as well as "The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World." He has led campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, to re-write U.S. federal fisheries law, to work toward international conservation of tunas, sharks, and other fishes, and to achieve passage of a United Nations global fisheries treaty. He is also the founding president of the Safina Center, and an endowed research professor at Stony Brook University where he is active both in ocean sciences and as co-chair of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Audubon magazine named Carl Safina among its "100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century." In 2011, Utne Reader listed him among "25 Visionaries Changing the World." Among other laurels, he has won a Pew fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Burroughs Medal, the Rabb Medal from Chicago's Brookfield Zoo, the James Beard medal, the Lannan Literary Award, two honorary doctorates, and a MacArthur "genius" Prize. Safina hosts the PBS series, "Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina."

Fisheries, coral reefs, forests, climate change, poverty, literacy for girls, and peace—these are all facets of the same issue. Drawing on two acclaimed recent books—The View From Lazy Point and A Sea In Flames—scientist/author Dr. Carl Safina weaves a story that is both deeply personal and broadly global. Sharing travels that take us from his Long Island beach house to the high Arctic, Antarctica, and across the coastal tropics, he shows how the changes he's witnessed challenge not just nature but all of humankind. Safina will also discuss how science has ethical implications, how religion and science are converging toward common cause on environmental matters, and how moral responses can add momentum toward increasingly crucial solutions. Despite serious trends, there is a path forward.

We will have books available for signing by the author.

Friday April 24, 2015, Wang Center Theater, 7:30 pm


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