Friday, February 8, 2013

Yale Shark Talks 2013

An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the International Trade and Conservation
of Sharks and Marine Species

February 12, 15-24, 2013
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT

Moderated by Angelo Villagomez, Pew Environment Group

Information & Registration:


Movie screening – Sharkwater (2006)
7:00-8:30 PM Burke Auditorium


The Knobloch (3rd floor)

Opening Remarks
Burke Auditorium

“Shark Conservation & the Policy Arena” - Speaker Series, Part I
Burke Auditorium

Dr. Barbara Block
Sushi and Satellites: Tracking Sharks and Tunas Across the Blue Serengeti

Dr. Paul Anderson
The Ecology of Top-Level Predators Demands Ecosystem Conservation

Dr. Demian Chapman
Wildlife Forensics and the Shark Fin Trade

Dr. Susan Lieberman
Sharks: CITES and the Global Policy Agenda

Coffee & Refreshment Break - Featuring Miya’s Sushi of New Haven, CT
The Bloch & The Knobloch (3rd floor)

“Creating a Culture of Conservation” - Speaker Series, Part II
Burke Auditorium

David Doubilet
Photography: The Language of Conservation

James Prosek
Ocean Fishes: An artist’s observations on how we depict, name and order nature

Krishna Thompson
My Story

Barton Seaver
The Context of Sustainable Foods

“Sharks: Shifting Perception & Priorities” - Q&A Moderated Panel Discussion
Burke Auditorium

Closing Remarks
Burke Auditorium

The Knobloch (3rd floor)


Book Reading & Children’s Events
February 16 & 18
Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT

Book Reading & Children’s Events
February 20-21
Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT

Book Reading & Children’s Events
February 24
Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT


Angelo Villagomez – Senior Associate, Pew Charitable Trusts

Angelo Villagomez has worked with the Pew Charitable Trusts since March 2011 and has helped develop shark conservation policies in The Bahamas, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Marshall Islands, Kosrae, Cook Islands, and Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. Villagomez is founder and senior editor of Shark Defenders and godfather of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument.

Dr. Barbara Block – Prothro Professor of Marine Science, Stanford University

Dr. Barbara A. Block’s research is focused on how large pelagic fishes utilize the open ocean environment. Her investigations center upon the evolution of endothermic strategies in tunas, billfishes, and sharks, and she combines physiology, ecology, and genetics with oceanography and engineering. Dr. Block and her colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium have also established the Tuna Research and Conservation Center, a unique facility that permits physiological research on tunas. Dr. Block is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She has a PhD from Duke University.

Dr. Paul Anderson – Research Scientist, Mystic Aquarium

Dr. Paul Anderson is Research Scientist and Leiden Conservation Foundation Fellow at the Mystic Aquarium, where he rounds out the expertise of the Research and Veterinary Services Department with his insights into fish and elasmobranch behavior, physiology, and sensory biology. He is especially interested in how humans can leverage those insights to improve aquarium husbandry and exhibitry, and empower informed management of wild populations. Dr. Anderson has served as an Aquarist and Mobile Exhibit Coordinator for Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota, FL; Senior Aquarist and Education Coordinator for the Pier Aquarium in St. Petersburg; and Conservation and Research Coordinator at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL. He has a PhD in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida.

Dr. Demian Chapman – Assistant Professor, School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University

Dr. Demian Chapman is an internationally recognized shark expert with almost a decade of experience. He serves as Assistant Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and is a Blue Ocean Fellow. Dr. Chapman’s research focuses on the molecular ecology of large marine vertebrates, including the development of wildlife forensics applications. Dr. Chapman currently manages field research projects on sharks and the Shark Trade in Belize, The Bahamas, Panama, Fiji, the U.S., and Hong Kong.

Dr. Susan Lieberman – Director, International Policy, Pew Charitable Trusts

Dr. Susan Lieberman is Director of International Policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and has worked in international biodiversity conservation for more than 25 years. She currently leads an integrated program across treaties, regional fisheries management organizations and other intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, to provide science-based research, policy analysis and expertise to ensure the sustainability of marine species and ecosystems. Dr. Lieberman served as the Director of the Global Species Programme of WWF-International and worked at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 11 years. Her Ph.D. research at the University of Southern California focused on tropical ecology and amphibians and reptiles in Costa Rica.

David Doubilet – Contributing Photographer & Author, National Geographic Magazine

David Doubilet is one of the world’s most celebrated underwater photographers. Since his first assignment in 1971 Doubilet has become one the most published photographers in the history of the National Geographic Magazine. Doubilet has spent five decades descending beneath the surface in the far corners of the world from interior Africa, equatorial coral reefs, and rich temperate seas to beneath the polar ice. He believes photography is a language that creates a visual voice for the oceans and connects us to the beauty and silent devastation happening within the invisible world below. Doubilet serves as contributing editor for several publications and is an author of twelve titles, including the award-wining Water Light Time, and his photographic awards include numerous Picture of the Year, BBC Wildlife, Communication Arts and World Press awards.

James Prosek – Artist, Writer & Naturalist

Artist, writer, naturalist, and Yale graduate James Prosek made his authorial debut at nineteen years of age with Trout: an Illustrated History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), which featured seventy of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. Prosek has written for The New York Times and National Geographic Magazine. In 2004, he co-founded a conservation initiative called World Trout with Yvon Chouinard, owner of the Patagonia clothing company. His book Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish (2010), is the subject of a documentary for PBS series "Nature," which will air in the spring of 2013. His latest book, Ocean Fishes (Rizzoli, 2012), is a collection of paintings of 35 Atlantic fishes. Prosek is a curatorial affiliate of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale and a member of the board of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies. Currently, he is working on a book about how we name and order the natural world.

Krishna Thompson – Motivational Speaker & Shark Advocate

Krishna Thompson is a shark attack survivor who has become a motivational speaker and advocate of shark conservation, sharing his experience with audiences and other amputees as a testimony to the strength of the human spirit and the sheer will to survive. Thompson has worked on shark issues with the Pew Environment Group, members of congress and UN delegates, and he is the star of “Shark Fight” on Discovery. Thompson is a counselor to other amputees and helps to promote work for a prosthetics company and boost the importance of blood donations.

Barton Seaver –Director, Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health.

National Geographic Fellow and Washington, D.C. chef Barton Seaver has dedicated his career to restoring the relationship we have with our ocean. It is his belief that the choices we are making for food are directly impacting the ocean and its fragile ecosystems. His work with the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program aims to highlight the important connection between environmental resiliency and human health while ensuring the profitability of local food products.

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