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The Interdisciplinary Humanties Center

to present


"Ocean Apocalypse Now"

Jeremy Jackson
Senior Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution
Professor of Oceanography Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Monday, June 2, 2014
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Introduction by: David Marshall, Dean of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
Made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Jeremy Jackson

Overfishing, pollution, and climate change are massively degrading ocean ecosystems, with alarming implications for biodiversity and human well-being. Coral reefs are dying, fisheries are collapsing, and formerly productive coastal seas are turning into anoxic dead zones dominated by jellyfish, microbes, and disease. Global climate change exacerbates these problems and is causing sea level rise that will flood the homes of a billion people by 2100. Changes are accelerating with sudden shifts to unwanted conditions that may be impossible to reverse. Saving the oceans and ourselves will require fundamental changes in the ways we live and obtain food and energy for everything we do.

Jeremy Jackson is Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution and Professor of Oceanography Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He studies human impacts on the oceans and the ecology and evolution of tropical seas and is.the author of 175 scientific publications, including ten books. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the BBVA International Prize in Ecology and Conservation, The Paleontological Medal, and the Darwin Medal of the International Society for Reef Studies. Jackson’s work on the collapse of coastal ecosystems was chosen by Discover magazine as the outstanding scientific achievement of 2001. His most recent book is Shifting Baselines: The Past and Future of Ocean Fisheries.

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