Annual Science Lecture: Carl Safina

The Annual Science Lecture: In the Same Net; Biodiversity, Ethics, and the Human Spirit

Carl Safina, Ph.D., President, Blue Ocean Institute
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Donnelley Lecture Hall in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center

Fisheries, coral reefs, forests, climate change, poverty, and peace: these are all facets of the same issue.

In a talk that is part autobiography, part science lecture, and part book-reading, scientist and author Carl Safina tells the story of his global journey from fisherman to scientist to the realization that the changing ocean reflects the challenges facing not just sea life but all of humankind.

Despite serious problems, recent good news indicates certain problems are being solved, with some recoveries underway.

Dr. Safina will also discuss how scientific findings have ethical implications, how religion and science are converging toward common cause on environmental matters, and how moral responses can add momentum toward solutions that are becoming increasingly crucial.

MacArthur Prize-winning scientist/author Dr. Carl Safina and Mercédès Lee created Blue Ocean Institute in 2003 as a unique voice of hope, guidance, and encouragement.  Blue Ocean Institute is the only conservation organization that uses science, art, and literature to inspire a closer bond with nature, especially the sea.

Carl Safina is author of more than 100 articles and three books, including the award-winning Song for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross, and the most recent Voyage of the Turtle.  His work has been profiled in the New York Times, on Nightline, and in the Bill Moyers television special “Earth on Edge.” Safina is a recipient of the Pew Scholar’s Award in Conservation and Environment, a World Wildlife Fund Senior Fellowship, the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal for literature, and a MacArthur Prize. Safina’s scientific prowess, sense of adventure, and elegant descriptions of the mystery, magnificence, and importance of the sea and its creatures make him one of today’s most important conservation voices.