November 14, 2015 at The Explorers Club in New York, NY.
Speakers to include:
Bernie Chowdhury, FN ’95 and Dr. Nasreen S. Haque
“Diving for Cures: Mapping Microbial Genomics Underwater.”
Mr. Chowdhury is a board-certified hyperbaric medical technologist and is the Training Director at Life Support Technologies group. He authored the book, The Last Dive, Mr. Chowdhury carried the Explorers Club Flag on two expeditions. He was named Beneath the Sea’s 2001 Diver of the Year for Education.
Dr. Haque is the Course Director of “Evolutionary Medicine in Health and Disease” at New York Medical College. She is also the Director of the Microbial Biodiversity project, researching both marine and land-based organisms that may be useful in the development of new medications and cures for various illnesses.
She worked at India’s prestigious National Institute of Immunology where she was among the first scientists to conduct research on transgenic fish using recombinant DNA technology.
Richie Kohler, MN ’04
“Mystery of the Last Olympian; a Decade of Exploration on Titanic’s Tragic Sister, Britannic.”
Mr. Kohler led his first expedition to HMHS Britannic for the History Channel in 2006 and returned again as a member of the 2009 National Geographic film team. In the summer of 2015 Kohler returned to the HMHS Britannic leading an Explorers Club flag expedition.
His passion for maritime history led him to explore some of the most challenging shipwrecks in the world, including the identification of a WWII German U-Boat, detailed in the novel Shadow Divers.
Mr. Kohler co-hosted the long running History Channel series, Deep Sea Detectives, and has worked on projects for Paramount Pictures, CBS, PBS, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel.
“More Ocean. Less Plastic.”
Ms. Cummins is a co-founder of 5 Gyres Institute, which is dedicated to understanding and communicating the issue of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Ms. Cummins has over 10 years of experience in environmental non-profit work, education, writing, and campaign development. She has worked in marine conservation, coastal watershed management, sustainability education, and high school ecology instruction.
Ms. Cummins received her undergraduate in History from Stanford University, and her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute for International Studies. She received a fellowship from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Program, to work with Santa Cruz based non-profit Save Our Shores, coordinating bilingual outreach education and community relations.
Dr. Stephen Kajiura
“Shark Conservation – Even Predators Need a Little Help Sometimes.”
Dr Stephen Kajiura is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. His area of expertise is the sensory biology of sharks and rays with an emphasis on the electrosensory system. He has recently applied sensory physiology to shark conservation by developing shark deterrents that repel sharks from baited hooks without affecting the catch of targeted species.
In addition to his sensory physiology research, Dr Kajiura studies the massive seasonal aggregation of blacktip sharks in south Florida. He incorporates aerial surveys with tagging and acoustic telemetry to document the migration of these sharks along the US eastern seaboard.
Dr Kajiura received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Hawaii, a MS in Marine Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology from the University of Guelph in Canada.
Dr. Daniel Madigan
“Hot Tuna: Exploring the Connection Between the Fukushima Disaster and Pacific Bluefin Tuna.”
Dr. Madigan is a researcher working on a variety of topics including large predators of the ocean sea: tunas, sharks, and marlins.
Dr. Madigan will describe the Fukushima-derived radioactivity found in Pacific bluefin tuna caught in California as well as the ongoing discoveries of radioactivity in large Pacific predators.
He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2013, working primarily at Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey. Dr. Madigan received his BA in Biology from Dartmouth College in 2005. He spent 2 years as a National Science Foundation Fellow and is currently a Fellow at Harvard University.