Events & Media: Jesse Ausubel

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



"The Census of Marine Life: Some Major Findings"

Jesse Ausubel, Director
Program for the Human Environment
The Rockefeller University

Monday, Jan. 9, 2012
11:13 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Hosted by Steve Gaines

"A student nominee for the colloquium series, Jesse Ausubel will share insights and information from the global Census of Marine Life, which he helped to conceive and direct. Jesse is a first-rate explorer of both places and ideas, he is deeply passionate and engaged across an array of fields, and he's a wonderful presenter. Get excited; this will be fun."Teo Grossman, student sponsor

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. Program co-founder Jesse H. Ausubel will report on the most comprehensive answers yet to one of humanity's most ancient questions: “What lives in the sea?” The Census combines information collected over centuries with data obtained from 540 expeditions 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 Earth's oceans. Japan awarded the census the 2011 International Cosmos Prize for the program’s contributions to science and conservation.

Jesse H. Ausubel is director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University, Vice President for Programs of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and an adjunct scientist of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In the late 1990s Mr. Ausubel helped initiated the Census of Marine Life. Beginning in 2002 he helped found the Barcode of Life Initiative, which aims to provide short DNA sequences that identify all animal and plant species. During 2006-2007 he served as the founding chair of the Encyclopedia of Life project to create a webpage for every species. Early in his career he helped create both the World Climate Program and the International Geosphere/Biosphere Program. His interest is to elaborate the technical vision of a large, prosperous society that emits little or nothing harmful and spares large amounts of land and sea for nature.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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