Down, down, down into the deep blue sea. Meet explorers like the real “Captain Nemo” – only one of two humans to have ventured 7 miles into the deep, hear about Cuba’s underwater mysteries and find out why the new green is blue. Only 5% of our oceans have been explored. The opportunity for adventure, research and knowledge seems unlimited, especially now with a new generation of mini-subs – and even a new, “wearable submarine”! Yet our oceans are dramatically over-fished, threatened by pollution – including the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill — and endangered by climate change’s evil twin – acid oceans. Join us for discovery, adventure and hope at the bottom of the sea.
The Ocean Doctor with David E. Guggenheim Ph.D.
Dr. David E. Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist,submarine pilot and ocean explorer. He is president of 1planet1ocean, a project of The Ocean Foundation where he is a Senior Fellow and directorof its Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program. He is currently leading a major project to elevate collaboration in marine science and conservation among Cuba, Mexico and the U.S. to a new level and leading the first ever comprehensive research and conservation program in Cuba’s Gulf of Mexico region, a joint effort with the University of Havana.
Also known as the “Ocean Doctor” and host of the ExpeditionCasts podcast series, Dr. Guggenheim is currently engaged in a special “expedition” to all fifty U.S. states visiting schools and bringing special programs about ocean exploration and conservation to young students. So far he has traveled more than 35,000 miles, visited 13 states, made 39 speeches and reached more than 10,000 students in schools ranging from the northernmost community in North America, Barrow, Alaska, to Macksville, Kansas, close to the geographic center of the lower 48 states, to the southern tip of Florida.
In 2007 he served as a scientific advisor to Greenpeace for its expedition to map deepwater corals in the Bering Sea where he piloted the first ever manned submersible dives into the Bering Sea’s largest underwater canyons. Guggenheim played a lead role in building the recently formed Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a partnership among the U.S. Gulf states and 13 federal agencies and Mexico. Guggenheim is also working to introduce cutting edge technologies for sustainable aquaculture practices to the Americas to reduce pressure on overfished wild fish stocks. Guggenheim previously served as Vice President at The Ocean Conservancy, President & CEO of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, co-chair of the Everglades Coalition and president of the Friends of Channel Islands National Park.
Guggenheim holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University in Virginia, a Master’s in Aquatic and Population Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s in Regional Science and Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
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