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Items related to talks Jesse Ausubel has given or will be giving in the near future.

6 October 2014

We post “Meat and Potatoes and the American Landscape,” Jesse Ausubel’s lecture for the Sheriff’s Meadows Foundation at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, 8 July 2014.

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17 June 2014

We post “Peak Farmland and Potatoes,” Jesse Ausubel’s Plenary address to the 2014 Potato Business Summit of the United Potato Growers of America, San Antonio, 8 January 2014.

Posted 10:06 am in News, Talks

10 June 2014

As part of the William and Myrtle Harris Lectureship in Science and Civilization, Jesse presented a lecture entitled ‘Cars and Civilization‘ at the California Institute of Technology on 30 April 2014.

Posted 09:06 am in Talks

1 October 2013

On 28 September in Cambridge MA for the 40th Reunion of his Harvard College class, Jesse presented a panoramic talk, Every Fish in the Sea, on the Census of Marine Life. The 17MB pdf posted here includes all the slides but not the animations or videos. Thanks to the Class of 1973 for a wonderful opportunity to share the Census!

Posted 01:10 pm in News, Talks

20 December 2012

Jesse’s short lecture on Peak Farmland is now in our regular Talk’s db, and the PHE paper Peak Farmland and the Prospects for Sparing Nature in our regular Bibliography db.

Here are some photos from the PDR Symposium.

Our paper has attracted more media attention.  Some linked examples are below:

Los Angeles Times


Reuters, appeared in many places, including Oman, Phnom Penh,  Sydney, Huffington Post

Posted 11:12 am in Talks

19 June 2012

Presentation-style version (color) of the paper , Quantitative Dynamics of Human Empires, International Journal of Anthropology 27(1-2): 1-62, 2012

Posted 01:06 pm in Talks

9 February 2011

We post a short slide overview of the Census of Marine Life presented as 4 February 2011 talk to the Board of Trustees of the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Posted 03:02 pm in Talks

20 February 2010

Kate Stoeckle and Louisa Strauss presented “DNA Barcoding reveals mislabeled fish in New York City market”   at the AAAS Annual Meeting  on February 19 in San Diego, CA. The talk highlighted the findings of their “Sushigate” project under the guidance of Dr. Mark Stoeckle.

Posted 03:02 pm in News, Talks

25 November 2009

What does electric power have to do with sea worms? Learn in Jesse’s talk “EPRI and the Lamellibrancid Worm” which spans zero emission power plants and deep carbon.

Posted 08:11 pm in News, Talks

20 May 2009

Dalhousie University bestows an honorary doctorate on Jesse, really an honor for everyone who has contributed to the work of the ‘Program for the Human Environment’ for the past 20 years.  We post Jesse’s Convocation address, titled “Son et lumiere“, discussing environmental dimensions of sound and light.

p.s. On 23 May 2009 Anne McIlroy of the Toronto Globe and Mail reported on Jesse’s address (p. F5)

Oceans speak volumes. Sound spreads widely in the world’s oceans, and the clamour of human activity reaches every cove, says Jesse Ausubel, director of the Human Environment program at Rockefeller University in Manhattan.

“Motors and propellers are noisy; so are jet skis and oil-and-gas exploration. In fact, we make the oceans three decibels noisier each decade”, he says. In a convocation address this week at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Dr. Ausubel proposed turning down the volume for four hours in an International Quiet Ocean Experiment. That would be enough time for thousands of researchers around the world to see how sea creatures respond to pre-industrial noise levels, he says. Would whales, for example, change the frequencies they use to communicate? If we can quiet things down, would they return to their normal, natural frequency rather than deepening their voices or raising their voices? he said an interview.

Dr. Ausubel has experience with ambitious, large-scale scientific projects. He played an important role in creating the Encyclopedia of Life, an online catalogue of the species on Earth, and was also involved in establishing the Census for Marine Life, an international program to chart life in the oceans by 2010.

Scientists from around the world who are interested in his Quiet Ocean Experiment will get together for their first meeting before the end of the year .

Dr. Ausubel acknowledges how difficult it will be to get four noise-free hours. Navies and the world’s maritime industries would have to be on board. “Maybe the time to do it would be Christmas Day,” he says. “We would like to inconvenience people as little as possible”.

Posted 11:05 am in News, Talks