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June 13, 2017

SEA To Host 6th Annual Sargasso Sea Symposium

Doug Karlson,

SEA Semester

Students from SEA Semester Class C-273, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, on campus prior to their departure for Nassau, Bahamas.

6th Annual SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation - Sargasso Sea Symposium

Friday, June 16, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SEA, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth, MA

Supported by the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation

This one-day symposium is the capstone experience for students from SEA Semester class C-273, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. The event includes oral presentations of the students' research findings and policy recommendations to a panel of invited experts, and contributes directly to international effort to protect the Sargasso Sea.  Student presentations will be interspersed with related talks given by some of the invited participants. The public is invited to attend. Space is limited.

About the MBC Program

MBC takes a multidisciplinary problem and place-based approach to ocean education. During the twelve weeks leading up to the Symposium, MBC students engage in a daunting adventure to document the biodiversity and characterize the principle human uses of, benefits from, and impacts on the health and stability of the Sargasso Sea ecosystem. After four weeks of framework building, students gain hands-on experience with morphological and molecular methods for assessing marine biodiversity, as well as practical tools and concepts used in place- based marine conservation planning while participating in a 5-week research cruise from Nassau, Bahamas to New York City. The final three weeks of the semester are spent completing analysis and interpretation of their original biodiversity data, designing an “Action Plan” to create an NGO dedicated to preserving the Sargasso Sea, and preparing for the Symposium.


9:00 a.m. Welcome, Program Overview/Context for Symposium, Introductions

9:30 a.m. Broader Context and Executive Summary

9:45 a.m. Guest Lecture: David Freestone

10:15 a.m. Student Presentation 1: Threats to the Sargasso Sea

10:45 a.m. Student Presentation 2: Building an NGO (part 1)

11:05 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m. Student Presentation 3: Building an NGO (part 2)

11:40 a.m. Guest Lecture: Dr. Kate Mansfield

12:10 p.m. Introduction to student research projects

2 p.m. Guest Lecture: Dr. Annette Govindarajan

2:30 p.m Student Presentation 4: NGOs in International Governance

2:50 p.m. Student Presentation 5: Social Norms

3:10 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. Guest Lecture: Kristina Gjerde

3:50 p.m. Student Presentation 6: NGOs in International Governance

4:10 p.m. Student Presentation 7: Social Norms

4:30 p.m. Concluding Statement

4:40 p.m. Questions and Conclusions

Invited Conservation Policy and Science Professionals

Robbie Smith, Ph.D., Natural History Museum Bermuda Aquarium Museum & Zoo
Amy Siuda, Ph.D.,* Eckerd College
Simon Thorrold, Ph.D., Woods Hole Oceanagraphic Institute
Kristina Gjerde, J.D., Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
David Freestone, LL.D., George Washington University Law School, Sargasso Sea Comission
John Hanning, Archimedes Aerospace LLC
Tundu Agardy, Ph.D., World Ocean Observatory/ Sound Seas
Kate Mansfield, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
Ann Bucklin, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Kevin Chu, Ph.D., NOAA
Annette Govindarajan, Ph.D., Woods Hole Oceanagraphic Institute
Chris McGuire, M.M.A.,* The Nature Conservancy
Tiffany Smythe, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island

* Denotes SEA Semester alum

MBC Faculty Team

Mark Long, Ph.D., SEA, Ocean Policy
Laura Cooney, Ph.D., SEA, Marine Biodiversity
Jason Quilter, SEA, Captain/Nautical Science
Kelsey Lane SEA, Marine Biodiversity, TA

Student Participants

Anna Brodmerkel,  UNC Chapel Hill
Rachel Marley Burdorf, Colorado College
Shannon Maye Cellan, SUNY ESF
Matthew Robert Glasenapp, Macalester College
Annabelle Mary Elizabeth Leahy, Carleton College
Karrin Noel Leazer,  University of Washington, Seattle
Madison Renee Lichak,  Barnard College
Megha Malpani, Brown University
Jose Julian Pedraza, Universidad de los Andes
Paige Olivia Petit, College of the Holy Cross
Ridge Thomas Pierce, Roger Williams University
Maggie Michelle Schultz, Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Speroff, Kenyon College
Marie Ellen Spychala, Grinnell College
Vanessa Van Deusen, Barnard College
Yage Wang, Brandeis University

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