The Census of Marine Life: Some Major Findings, Including Woods Hole Contributions


Thursday March 10, 2011
Redfield Auditorium - 12:00 Noon
Jesse Ausubel
Adjunct Scientist, Marine Policy Center, WHOI

During 2000-2010 the cooperative international research program, Census of Marine Life, aimed to create the first integrated view of the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life ranging from microbes to whales in all ocean realms. The Census showed that life in Planet Ocean is richer, more connected, and more altered by human activities than previously imagined. Ausubel will highlight some of the global findings of the program, taking special note of some of the contributions of the Woods Hole community.

Jesse H. Ausubel is Director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University, Vice President for Programs of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and an adjunct scientist of WHOI since 1990. In the late 1990s Mr. Ausubel helped initiate the Census of Marine Life. Beginning in 2002 he helped found the Barcode of Life Initiative, which aims to provide short DNA sequences that identify all animal and plant species. During 2006-2007 he served as the founding chair of the Encyclopedia of Life project to create a webpage for every species.  Early in his career he helped create both the World Climate Program and the International Geosphere/Biosphere Program. His interest is to elaborate the technical vision of a large, prosperous society that emits little or nothing harmful and spares large amounts of land and sea for nature.