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Sunday, 21 February: 6:00–7:30 P.M.

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Keynote Lecture to be given by The Honorable, Dr. Jane Lubchenco at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall has been canceled.

In lieu, Lisa Levin, Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and Distinguished Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will speak on “Recognizing Ocean Deoxygenation as a Climate Change Challenge”.

This will be preceded by remarks from meeting co-chair Karen Casciotti, AGU president Margaret Leinen, and ASLO president Jim Elser.

JaneLubchenco-cropThe Honorable, Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University, and U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean, Department of State, is a marine ecologist with expertise in the ocean, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She was Administrator of NOAA from 2009-2013 where she helped implement policies to ensure scientific integrity, highlight the importance of addressing climate change and ocean acidification, restore the position of Chief Scientist, craft the first U.S. National Ocean Policy and return U.S. fisheries to sustainability and profitability. With a Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University, she has eight ‘Science Citation Classic’ publications. She has received numerous awards including a MacArthur “genius” award and 20 honorary degrees and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences among others.

Tuesday, 23 February: 10:30–12:30 P.M.

Susan Lozier
10:30 -11:30 A.M.

Susan Lozier is a physical oceanographer with interests in large-scale ocean circulation. Upon completion of her PhD at the University of Washington, she was a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She has been a member of the Duke faculty since 1992. Professor Lozier was the recipient of an NSF Early Career Award in 1996, was awarded a Bass Chair for Excellence in Research and Teaching in 2000, received a Duke University Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2007, was named an AMS Fellow in 2008, a Distinguished Professor in 2012, an AGU Fellow in 2014 and a AAAS Fellow in 2015 . She currently serves as the President of The Oceanography Society and is the international lead for the OSNAP (Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program) observing system.

11:30-12:30 P.M.

Dr. Nancy Knowlton 

Dr. Nancy Knowlton holds the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC and is senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Her research centers on the diversity and conservation of life in the ocean.  She is the author of National Geographic’s best-selling Citizens of the Sea, was the founding director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal website, and contributes regularly to the global ocean conversation via @seacitizens. Her current research uses state of the art molecular methods to find out what really lives in the sea, and she is actively engaged in spreading messages of conservation hope through the #OceanOptimism initiative that she helped launch in 2014. She is a past member of the AAAS Board, is a winner of the Peter Benchley Prize and the Heinz Award, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2013.

LaDon SwannLaDon Swann

LaDon Swann is the Director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Auburn University Marine Programs.

He is responsible for implementing practical solutions to coastal issues through competitive research, graduate student training and extension and outreach and K-12 education in Alabama and Mississippi. In addition to his administrative duties for Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and the Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center, LaDon conducts research on shellfish aquaculture and habitat restoration. He has over 25 years of experience designing, delivering and evaluating adult education programs.

The Tennessee native worked 10 years with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program at Purdue University, where he earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction for adults. He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, in the mid-1980s.

Charles WilsonCharles A. Wilson, III

Charles A. Wilson, III is currently Chief Science Officer of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University (LSU).  During his twenty-seven year tenure at LSU, Dr. Wilson served as Chair of the Department of Oceanography, Vice Provost in LSU’s Office of Academic Affairs and Executive Director of Louisiana Sea Grant.  His career research program on the biota of the northern Gulf of Mexico focused primarily on marine fish life history and the impact of oil and gas development on fish populations.

Society Award Lectures
Wednesday, 24 February: 10:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.

The AGU Sverdrup Award Lecture
Dr. Fiamma Straneo
Senior Scientist
Department of Physical Oceanography
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The ASLO G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award
Dr. Jack Middelburg
Utrecht University
Professor, Department of Geosciences
Research Institute Director, Earth Sciences

The TOS Munk Award Lecture
Professor Carl Wunsch
Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physical Oceanography, Emeritus|
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thursday, 25 February: 10:30–12:30 P.M.

Corinne Le Quere
10:30-11:30 A.M.

Corinne Le Quéré is Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. Her research has contributed to understanding how climate change and variability affects the air-sea flux of CO2 and the ocean carbon sink, particularly in the Southern Ocean. She spearheaded the application of Plankton Functional Types that led to a step change in the representation of marine ecosystem functioning in global biogeochemistry models. Prof Le Quéré instigated and leads the annual update of global carbon budgets as part of the Global Carbon Project, a 10-year effort to coordinate the timely delivery of policy-relevant carbon research, and assist the international policy process to address climate change. Prof Le Quéré was author of multiple assessments reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel price prize in 2007. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the new ‘Future Earth‘ research platform for global sustainability. She received multiple awards for her work, most recent the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences.

Antje Boetius
11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Antje Boetius is Professor of Geomicrobiology at the University Bremen, and leader of a joint research group on Deep Sea Ecology and Technology of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology. She has studied Biology and Biological Oceanography at the University of Hamburg and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her PhD thesis dealt with deep-sea microbiology and biogeochemistry. She became Professor for Microbiology in 2001 at the Jacobs University in Bremen, and was Group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology from 2003-2008.

Antje Boetius is an expert of marine biogeochemistry, biological oceanography, deep-sea biology and microbial of the ocean. She works on polar seas, on chemosynthetic ecosystems and other extreme habitats of the ocean. Antje Boetius has lead or participated in over 45 expeditions, and she has coordinated many national and international research programs. Antje Boetius and her team are renowned for their contributions to the diversity and function of life associated with seafloor processes, including pelagobenthic coupling, gas seepage and fluid flow, and the structure, function and dynamics of microbial communities of the ocean floor. The group uses novel technologies and methods for the study of life at the bottom of the ocean. Current studies of the group include the exploration of Arctic deep-sea life under the ice, and the long-term observation of the effects of global warming on polar ecosystems as well as on hypoxic aquatic ecosystems.

Antje Boetius is a member of the German Science Council and of the advisory boards of many international and national research programs, marine research institutes and museums. She has been awarded with the Medaille de la Societe d’Oceanographie de France, the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize of the DFG, the Advanced Grant of the ERC among many other honors. Antje Boetius has been elected as an external scientific member of the Max Planck Society, to the German National Academy Leopoldina (Section Geology), and to the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz. She is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the American Academy of Microbiology. She engages much in public outreach and transfer of knowledge on extreme environments and the deep sea.