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Sea Stories is day focused on exploration, conservation, scuba diving, shipwrecks, nautical history and marine life. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the ocean to interact. Tickets will NOT be sold at door.

Kenny Broad FR ’09 – “Beneath the Invisible: Blue Holes of The Bahamas.”
Dr. Broad’s recent cave diving expedition to the underwater caves of the Bahamas was featured as the cover story of the August 2010 issue of National Geographic and as PBS/NOVA one hour special. His awards include selection as the 2011 National Geographic Explorer of the Year and the National Geographic 2006 Emerging Explorer Award.

Dr. Broad is an environmental anthropologist studying the relationship between humans and their environment. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. He is a professor at the University of Miami’s (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and is Director of UM’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science. He also Co-Directs the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University.

Deborah Carlson - "The Excavation of an Ancient Marble Column Shipwrecked at Turkey."

Dr. Carlson is an archaeologist specializing in trade and seafaring in the ancient Mediterranean and current president of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at Texas A&M University. She studied with INA Founder Dr. George Bass, working with him as the assistant director of INA’s fifth-century B.C. classical Greek shipwreck excavation at Turkey. In 2005, she launched the excavation of a ship that sank off the coast of Turkey in the first-century B.C. while transporting a marble column weighing more than 50 tons.

Dr. Carlson earned an M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Dr. Carlson teaches courses in Greek and Roman archaeology and Classical Seafaring at Texas A&M. She is also an active member of the Archaeological Institute of America's National Lecture Program. She has published the results of her research in the American Journal of Archaeology, Hesperia, the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, and Archaeology magazine.

Mark D. Gordon - “Keys to Success.”
Mr. Gordon is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Odyssey Marine Exploration, a NASDAQ-traded company engaged in the exploration and archaeologically-sensitive recovery of deep-water shipwrecks and lost treasures. Odyssey’s discovery and excavation of the Civil War-era shipwreck, the SS Republic, was featured in National Geographic, Odyssey’s exciting discoveries were the subject of a Discovery Channel TV series called Treasure Quest. The Odyssey team also identified a series of key success factors necessary to navigate incredibly complex situations and achieve successful outcomes that can be universally applied to any business venture or life adventure that one chooses to pursue.

Prior to joining Odyssey, Mr. Gordon owned and managed four different start-up companies, During his college days and through his MBA program at American University, Mr. Gordon worked as a shipwreck diver with the National Diving Center in Washington, D.C. where he conducted hundreds of dives and explorations on shipwrecks. He was the first person to discover and dive on the SS Proteus, a ship that had been missing since the early 1900s.

Rachel T. Graham – “How the World’s Largest Fish Pursue the Smallest of Prey: Insights into Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.”
Dr. Graham is the Director, Gulf and Caribbean Sharks and Rays Program, Wildlife Conservation Society. She is a marine biologist dedicated to the conservation of apex marine predators, with a focus on reef associated sharks and rays including the world’s largest fish and ray, the whale shark and manta ray. Insights into the whale shark spatial ecology, behavior, feeding preferences, tourism, fisheries and economics have helped to better understand and protect the largest of fish but has also fostered an increasing interest in sharks worldwide.

Key aspects of her work include the identification and mitigation of anthropogenic threats and development of economic alternatives to consumptive use of sharks including tourism, protected areas management and the conservation of migratory marine species. Dr. Graham studied at Oxford, Edinburgh and York and shares her time working on shark research and conservation at local, national and international levels in several countries including Belize, Madagascar, Honduras, Mexico and Micronesia.

Steven R. McPhee – “The Second to Last Voyage of the Dorothea.”
In January 1913, the three-masted barque Dorothea was sighted adrift off Bermuda by the vessel Bermudian. None of her 14-man crew were aboard the Dorothea or ever seen again. The rigging as well as the entire superstructure - everything movable, was missing or washed overboard. The fate of the ghost ship Dorothea and her crew remained a mystery until the vessel's bell was recovered almost 100 years later from Bermuda’s waters by Mr. McPhee.

Formally trained as a commercial diver and marine surveyor, Steven lives and works in Bermuda. A diver for over twenty years, Mr. McPhee is also the author of A Guide to Collecting Old Bermuda Bottles and accumulated a vast collection of antique bottles dating back to Bermuda's early days.

Kevin Weng - “Biology and Conservation of the World's Iconic Fishes - the White Shark and the Napoleon Wrasse.”

Dr. Weng’s work on white sharks revealed that juveniles travel between the U.S. and Mexico, sharing a common nursery area. In coral reef systems, he is investigating the home range and behavior of the Napoleon (humphead) wrasse. After hundreds of hours underwater, his team has learned that the species appears to use a very small home range, indicating that marine reserves might be effective management tools.

Dr. Weng is an oceanographer at the University of Hawaii, studying the migrations of sharks and the habitats of endangered fishes. He attended Williams College (B.A.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.), and now manages the Pelagic Fisheries Research Program in Hawaii.

Date: Saturday 11/19/11

Time: 9:00AM - 7:00PM

Location: 2nd Floor, New York City Headquarters

Member Ticket Price: $60, after Nov. 14th $65

Guest Ticket Price: $60, after Nov. 14th $65

Student Ticket Price:

$25, after Nov. 14th $30

Reservation Notes:

9:00 AM Registration – Coffee & continental breakfast served
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Light Lunch Served
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion

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