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Creating a New Planet Right Here on Earth

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Earth is the only home we humans will ever have. We have compromised its living infrastructure, its life support system for all life on Earth. Terrestrial species are going extinct 100 to 1000 times more rapidly that before the time of humans. Ocean species are threatened with mass extinction. Present approaches to conservation are not enough. We need to “reboot” and reframe the issues. Time is running out. Long Beach can play a role. Get Ticket Here


Dr. Jerry R. Schubel has been president and CEO of the Aquarium of the

Pacific since 2002.  He is president and CEO Emeritus of the New England

Aquarium, and from 1974-1994 was Dean of Stony Brook University’s

Marine Sciences Research Center. For three of those years he served as the

University’s provost and is Distinguished Service Professor emeritus. Prior

to 1974, Dr. Schubel was an adjunct professor, research scientist and

associate director of The Johns Hopkins University’s Chesapeake Bay

Institute. Dr. Schubel holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from Johns Hopkins

University. He received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts

Maritime Academy in 1998.


He has worked throughout his professional life at the interfaces of science-

management-policy on issues dealing with the ocean with an emphasis on

the coastal ocean. Dr. Schubel has published more than 225 scientific

papers and has written extensively for general audiences.  He is a member

of NOAA Science Advisory Board and the Science Advisory Panel for

California’s Ocean Protection Council.  He chaired the National Sea Grant

Review Panel; the NRC’s Marine Board; and the Ocean Research and

Resources Advisory Panel. He is a former member of EPA’s Science Advisory

Board, the Census of Marine Life U.S. National Committee and the National

Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources Advisory



At the Aquarium of the Pacific, he created the Aquatic Forum that brings

together scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders to explore alternative

ways of dealing with important environmental issues facing the nation. He

also directs the Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Research Institute.