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Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2020

When:

9 Jun, 2020

Where:

CapitolHillOceanWeek.org
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Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2020: Biodiversity

The breadth of life in our ocean and Great Lakes is astounding. A healthy planet is essential to our health, well-being, and economic livelihood. Nature provides the clean air we breathe, the fresh water we drink, the food we eat, the medicines we take, and the raw materials we use. It is estimated that, globally, nature provides services worth $125 trillion a year. Nature also contributes up to one-third to global climate change mitigation efforts. Scientific studies document the threats facing our planet from climate change, overfishing and habitat losses, and they also inform the solutions for policymakers. 2020 provides the opportunity for a turning point to begin reversing the trend of biodiversity loss and restoring nature for the good of the planet and all of us who depend on it.  

Protecting biodiversity and building a sustainable global economy that protects nature is critical to people’s health and well-being. With its accessible virtual format, Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2020 is the opportunity for people from across the U.S. and the globe to engage in dialogue on actions we can take to conserve the variety of life on Earth for the long term health of our communities and the planet.   

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2020 Plenary Sessions

Defining Priorities for Meaningful Protection Sponsored by Nestlé

Across the globe, nations are expanding marine and freshwater protected areas to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, mitigate the effects of climate change, and safeguard areas critical to communities and sustainable food production. While the percentage of protected waters grows, however, we are still losing species and habitats at an ever-accelerating rate. How can we effectively halt this trend? What does effective protection mean?

 

Global Action for Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity Sponsored by the UN Foundation

Many called 2020 the “super year for the ocean” with events and actions planned at the World Ocean Summit in Japan, the high seas negotiations in New York, the U.N. Ocean Conference in Lisbon, the World Conservation Congress in Marseille, Our Ocean Conference in Palau, U.N. Committee on Fisheries in Rome, the Convention on Biodiversity’s COP15 in China, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s COP26 in Glasgow. Leaders from across the UN system share their insights into the ocean-climate-biodiversity nexus, how work is progressing to ensure the health of our global ocean, what the coronavirus pandemic has meant to these efforts in 2020, and what happens next.

 

High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean Sponsored by The Philip Stephenson Foundation

The high seas lie beyond any nation’s exclusive economic zone, the 200 nautical miles from a country’s shore. Covering two-thirds of our ocean, the high seas belong to everyone and no one. Their health and sustainable management is vital to our global ocean and to people’s livelihoods. Climate change, overfishing, shipping, plastic pollution and mining pose growing threats. Learn why protecting the high seas is important and how first-ever global efforts are defining how nations can join together in governance of these waters.   

 

A New Age of Exploration

The ocean depths are our planet’s last frontier. People feel an innate curiosity about what lies below the waves and in the darkest depths. New partnerships and technologies, such as submersibles, artificial intelligence and eDNA, are making it possible to explore deeper and further from shore, helping us take the pulse of our planet and the life it sustains. Join us for a discussion on how exploration and improved scientific knowledge can strengthen management and governance of the marine environment for the health of our ocean and the people, communities, and businesses that rely on it.

2020 Concurrent Sessions

Cooperating for Our Global Ocean

From seabed mapping to biodiversity monitoring, nations are coming together to enhance understanding of the ocean and all species living in it. Hear more about these global initiatives and partnerships to document diversity and track changes. 

Innovative Approaches for Restoration and Monitoring Sponsored by XPRIZE

Drones, robots, and other modern tools are expanding our reach, reducing costs, and enhancing impact in biodiversity restoration and monitoring. In this panel, hear about exciting achievements and new approaches. 

Inspiring Action with Media and Art

Stories and visual media can ignite the mind in a way that talk and text don’t, providing opportunity for education, emotional connection, and broader public engagement in biodiversity conservation. In this session, see how creative minds are using stories, photography, and sculpture to put biodiversity issues in front of new audiences and inspire action.

Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: New Perspectives on Conserving Nature Sponsored by the Marine Mammal Commission

What does biodiversity loss mean for us and what actions can we take to turn the trajectory around? During this plenary, we will hear from emerging voices in science, technology, and conservation on why we need to conserve a variety of life on earth, our role in stewardship of nature, and the integration of biodiversity protection into our economy.

Restoring Our Waters 

From coral reefs to wetlands, restoration can improve habitat and recover species in order to increase biodiversity and ecosystem functions that have been degraded or lost. In this panel, hear from practitioners about their work to restore marine and Great Lakes species and habitats.   

Changing Climate, Changing Strategies Sponsored by COMPASS  

Climate change profoundly affects marine and Great Lakes biodiversity. How do we address climate impacts in our conservation planning? How can local and regional actions have an impact in the face of global change? 

Transformative Technologies 

Crossovers! New collaborations! Across geographies and disciplines, novel thinking and partnerships are helping us better understand and protect biodiversity. This panel will dive in and highlight just a few of these surprising combinations.   

The Power of Protection

How do we define a protected area in our ocean or Great Lakes? Why does protection matter? Learn about the value of area-based management and new ideas that are helping to maximize impact. 

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Speakers

Avatar: Aaron J. Adams, Ph.D.

Aaron J. Adams, Ph.D.

Speaker - Restoring our Waters

Director of Science and Conservation

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Bio
Avatar: Eugen Babau

Eugen Babau

Opening Remarks - Plenary: High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

Executive Director

The Philip Stephenson Foundation

Bio
Avatar: David Balton

David Balton

Speaker - Plenary: High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

Senior Fellow

Polar Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Bio
Avatar: Jim Barry, Ph.D.

Jim Barry, Ph.D.

Speaker - Innovative Approaches for Restoration and Monitoring

Senior Scientist

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Bio
Avatar: Lars Bejder, Ph.D.

Lars Bejder, Ph.D.

Speaker - Transformative Technologies

Director

Marine Mammal Research Program

Bio
Avatar: Sara J. Bender, Ph.D.

Sara J. Bender, Ph.D.

Speaker - Cooperating for Our Global Ocean

Program Officer

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Suzanne Bonamici

The Honorable Suzanne Bonamici

Opening Remarks- Changing Climate, Changing Strategies

U.S. House of Representatives, OR-01 and Co-Chair, House Oceans Caucus

Avatar: Meg Caldwell, J.D.

Meg Caldwell, J.D.

Moderator - Plenary: Global Action for Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity

Deputy Director for Oceans

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Ed Case

The Honorable Ed Case

Opening Remarks - The Power of Protection

U.S. House of Representatives, HI-1

Avatar: Dr. Jennifer Caselle

Dr. Jennifer Caselle

Speaker - Innovative Approaches for Restoration and Monitoring

Research Professor

Marine Science Institute, University of CA Santa Barbara

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Kathy Castor

The Honorable Kathy Castor

Opening Remarks- Changing Climate, Changing Strategies

U.S. House of Representatives, FL-14 and Chair, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Avatar: Julie Cattiau

Julie Cattiau

Speaker - Innovative Approaches for Restoration and Monitoring

Product Manager

Google A.I.

Bio
Avatar: Vince Cavalieri

Vince Cavalieri

Speaker - Restoring our Waters

Wildlife Biologist

National Park Service

Bio
Avatar: Ralph Chami

Ralph Chami

Speaker - Changing Climate, Changing Strategies

Assistant Director

The International Monetary Fund

Bio
Avatar: Demian D. Chapman, Ph.D.

Demian D. Chapman, Ph.D.

Speaker - Innovative Approaches for Restoration and Monitoring

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Florida International University

Bio
Avatar: Dr. Francisco P. Chavez

Dr. Francisco P. Chavez

Speaker - Transformative Technologies

Senior Scientist

MBARI

Bio
Avatar: Ko Barrett

Ko Barrett

Speaker - Plenary: Global Action for Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity

Vice Chair

International Panel on Climate Change

Bio
Avatar: Sean Cosgrove

Sean Cosgrove

Moderator - The Power of Protection

Program Officer

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Joe Cunningham

The Honorable Joe Cunningham

Opening Remarks - Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: New Perspectives on Conserving Nature

U.S. House of Representatives, SC-01

Avatar: Dr. Anni Djurhuus

Dr. Anni Djurhuus

Speaker - Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: New Perspectives on Conserving Nature

Assistant Professor, Biology

University of the Faroe Islands

Bio
Avatar: Carlos M. Duarte

Carlos M. Duarte

Speaker - Cooperating for Our Global Ocean

Professor

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Bio
Avatar: J. Emmett Duffy Ph.D.

J. Emmett Duffy Ph.D.

Speaker - Plenary: Defining Priorities for Meaningful Protection

Director, Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network

Smithsonian Institution

Bio
Avatar: Jenn Eckerle

Jenn Eckerle

Speaker - The Power of Protection

Deputy Director

California Ocean Protection Council

Bio
Avatar: Shanna Edberg

Shanna Edberg

Speaker - Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: New Perspectives on Conserving Nature

Director of Conservation Programs

Hispanic Access Foundation

Bio
Avatar: Patricia Espinosa

Patricia Espinosa

Speaker - Plenary: Global Action for Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity

Executive Secretary

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Bio
Avatar: Frank Ettawageshik

Frank Ettawageshik

Speaker - Changing Climate, Changing Strategies

Executive Director

United Tribes of Michigan

Bio
Avatar: Molly Fogarty

Molly Fogarty

Opening Remarks - Plenary: Defining Priorities for Meaningful Protection

Senior Vice President, Corporate & Government Affairs

Nestlé

Bio
Avatar: Timothy C. Gallaudet, Rear Admiral (USN-Ret)

Timothy C. Gallaudet, Rear Admiral (USN-Ret)

Moderator - Plenary: A New Age of Exploration

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere/Deputy Administrator NOAA

Department of Commerce/NOAA

Bio
Avatar: Jonatha Giddens, Ph.D.

Jonatha Giddens, Ph.D.

Speaker - Inspiring Action with Media and Art

National Geographic Fellow & Chief Scientist

National Geographic Society's Exploration Technology Lab Deep-Sea Research Project

Bio
Avatar: Kristina M. Gjerde

Kristina M. Gjerde

Speaker - Plenary: High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

Senior High Seas Advisor

IUCN

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Raúl M. Grijalva

The Honorable Raúl M. Grijalva

Opening Remarks - Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: New Perspectives on Conserving Nature

U.S. House of Representatives, AZ-03 and Chairman, House Natural Resources Committee

Avatar: Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Ph.D.

Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Ph.D.

Speaker - Plenary: Defining Priorities for Meaningful Protection

Assistant Professor

Oregon State University

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Deb Haaland

The Honorable Deb Haaland

Welcome and Opening Remarks

U.S. House of Representatives, New Mexico-01

Avatar: Dr. Neil Hammerschlag

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag

Speaker - Cooperating for Our Global Ocean

Research Associate Professor

University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Bio
Avatar: Vidar Helgesen

Vidar Helgesen

Speaker - Cooperating for Our Global Ocean

Norway’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Bio
Avatar: Charlotte Hudson

Charlotte Hudson

Moderator - Changing Climate, Changing Strategies

Project Director

Lenfest Ocean Program

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Jared Huffman

The Honorable Jared Huffman

Opening Remarks - The Power of Protection

U.S. House of Representatives, CA-2

Avatar: Dr. Neil Jacobs

Dr. Neil Jacobs

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, performing the duties of Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Department of Commerce/NOAA

Bio
Avatar: Peggy Kalas, J.D.

Peggy Kalas, J.D.

Speaker - Plenary: High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

Director

High Seas Alliance

Bio
Avatar: Amb. Michael Imran Kanu (SJD)

Amb. Michael Imran Kanu (SJD)

Speaker - Plenary: High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative (Legal Affairs)

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United Nations

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Marcy Kaptur

The Honorable Marcy Kaptur

Opening Remarks - Inspiring Action with Media and Art

U.S. House of Representatives, OH-09

Avatar: The Honorable Angus King

The Honorable Angus King

Opening Remarks - Plenary: High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

U.S. Senate, Maine

Avatar: Martin Koehring

Martin Koehring

Moderator - Plenary: High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

Head

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group

Bio
Avatar: Dr. Anne Larigauderie

Dr. Anne Larigauderie

Speaker - Plenary: Global Action for Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity

Executive Secretary

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Bio
Avatar: Nicole LeBoeuf

Nicole LeBoeuf

Moderator - Restoring our Waters

Acting Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management

NOAA's National Ocean Service

Bio
Avatar: Bonnie Lei

Bonnie Lei

Speaker - Transformative Technologies

Head of Global Strategic Partnerships – AI for Earth

Microsoft

Bio
Avatar: Margaret Leinen

Margaret Leinen

Speaker - Cooperating for Our Global Ocean

Director

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D

The Honorable Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D

Welcome and Opening Remarks

University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University & former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Bio
Avatar: Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Speaker - Plenary: Global Action for Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity

Acting Executive Secretary

Convention on Biological Diversity

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Brian Mast

The Honorable Brian Mast

Opening Remarks - Innovative Approaches for Restoration and Monitoring

U.S. House of Representatives, FL-18

Avatar: Barbara Matilsky, Ph.D.

Barbara Matilsky, Ph.D.

Moderator - Inspiring Action with Media and Art

Art Historian/Curator

Bio
Avatar: Courtney Mattison

Courtney Mattison

Speaker - Inspiring Action with Media and Art

Ceramic Sculptor and Ocean Advocate

Our Changing Seas Exhibitions

Bio
Avatar: Sara M. Maxwell, Ph.D.

Sara M. Maxwell, Ph.D.

Speaker - Changing Climate, Changing Strategies

Assistant Professor

University of Washington, Bothell

Bio
Avatar: Juan S. Mayorga

Juan S. Mayorga

Speaker - Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: New Perspectives on Conserving Nature

Marine Data Scientist

University of California, Santa Barbara; National Geographic Society, Pristine Seas

Bio
Avatar: Craig McLean

Craig McLean

Moderator - Transformative Technologies

Assistant Administrator, NOAA Research

DOC/NOAA/Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research

Bio
Avatar: Dr. Marcia McNutt

Dr. Marcia McNutt

Moderator - Cooperating for Our Global Ocean

President

National Academy of Sciences

Bio
Avatar: Dr. Kathryn Mengerink

Dr. Kathryn Mengerink

Moderator - Plenary: Defining Priorities for Meaningful Protection

Executive Director

Waitt Institute

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Jeff Merkley

The Honorable Jeff Merkley

Opening Remarks - Plenary: High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

U.S. Senate, Oregon

Avatar: Vera Kingeekuk Metcalf

Vera Kingeekuk Metcalf

Speaker - Plenary: Defining Priorities for Meaningful Protection

Executive Director, Kawerak Eskimo Walrus Commission; Executive Council Member-Inuit Circumpolar Council

Kawerak Eskimo Walrus Commission

Bio
Avatar: Sophie Mirgaux

Sophie Mirgaux

Speaker - Plenary: High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

Belgium’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Federal Public Service Health – DG Environment

Bio
Avatar: Dr. Megan Morikawa

Dr. Megan Morikawa

Speaker - Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: New Perspectives on Conserving Nature

Global Director of Sustainability

Iberostar Group

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

The Honorable Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Opening Remarks - Restoring our Waters

U.S. House of Representatives, FL-26

Avatar: Frank Muller-Karger

Frank Muller-Karger

Speaker - Innovative Approaches for Restoration and Monitoring

Professor

University of South Florida

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Lisa Murkowski

The Honorable Lisa Murkowski

Opening Remarks - Cooperating for Our Global Ocean

U.S. Senate, Alaska and Co-Chair, Senate Oceans Caucus

Avatar: Brian Neilson

Brian Neilson

Speaker - The Power of Protection

Administrator, Division of Aquatic Resources

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Jimmy Panetta

The Honorable Jimmy Panetta

Opening Remarks - Innovative Approaches for Restoration and Monitoring

U.S. House of Representatives, CA-20

Avatar: Douglas R. Pearsall, Ph.D.

Douglas R. Pearsall, Ph.D.

Speaker - Plenary: Defining Priorities for Meaningful Protection

Senior Conservation Scientist

The Nature Conservancy in Michigan

Bio
Avatar: Ruth Perry, PhD

Ruth Perry, PhD

Speaker - The Power of Protection

Marine Scientist and Regulatory Policy Specialist

Shell Upstream Americas

Bio
Avatar: Vincent Pieribone, PhD, BA

Vincent Pieribone, PhD, BA

Speaker - Plenary: A New Age of Exploration

Vice Chairman

OceanX

Bio
Avatar: Angela Haseltine Pozzi

Angela Haseltine Pozzi

Speaker - Inspiring Action with Media and Art

Executive/Artistic Director/Founder

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

Bio
Avatar: Josie Quintrell

Josie Quintrell

Moderator - Innovative Approaches for Restoration and Monitoring

Executive Director

Integrated Ocean Observing Systems (IOOS) Association

Bio
Avatar: Dr. Callum Roberts

Dr. Callum Roberts

Speaker - Plenary: High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

Professor

University of York, UK

Bio
Avatar: Dr. Enric Sala

Dr. Enric Sala

Introduction to Topic - Plenary: Defining Priorities for Meaningful Protection

Explorer-in-Residence

National Geographic

Bio
Avatar: Kris Sarri

Kris Sarri

Welcome and Opening Remarks

President and CEO

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Bio
Avatar: Erin Satterthwaite

Erin Satterthwaite

Speaker - Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: New Perspectives on Conserving Nature

Postdoctoral Scholar

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis & Future Earth

Bio
Avatar: Eric Schwaab

Eric Schwaab

Speaker - Changing Climate, Changing Strategies

Senior Vice President, Oceans

Environmental Defense Fund

Bio
Avatar: Brice X. Semmens

Brice X. Semmens

Speaker - Restoring our Waters

Associate Professor

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Bio
Avatar: Ian Shive

Ian Shive

Speaker - Inspiring Action with Media and Art

Director, Hidden Pacific 3D & Founder

Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc.

Bio
Avatar: Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry

Speaker - Inspiring Action with Media and Art

Photojournalist

National Geographic

Bio
Avatar: Heidi M. Sosik

Heidi M. Sosik

Speaker - Transformative Technologies

Senior Scientist

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Bio
Avatar: Mark J. Spalding

Mark J. Spalding

Speaker - The Power of Protection

President

The Ocean Foundation

Bio
Avatar: Dr. Peter Thomas

Dr. Peter Thomas

Opening Remarks - Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: New Perspectives on Conserving Nature

Executive Director

Marine Mammal Commission

Bio
Avatar: Ambassador Peter Thomson

Ambassador Peter Thomson

Speaker - Plenary: Global Action for Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity

United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

United Nations

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Tom Udall

The Honorable Tom Udall

Welcome and Opening Remarks

U.S. Senate, New Mexico

Avatar: Dr. Jyotika Virmani

Dr. Jyotika Virmani

Speaker - Plenary: A New Age of Exploration

Executive Director

Schmidt Ocean Institute

Bio
Avatar: The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse

The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse

Opening Remarks - Cooperating for Our Global Ocean

U.S. Senate - U.S. Senator (D-RI)

Avatar: Dr. Frederick G. Whoriskey

Dr. Frederick G. Whoriskey

Speaker - Plenary: A New Age of Exploration

Executive Director

Ocean Tracking Network and Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Bio
Avatar: R. Scott Winters, Ph.D.

R. Scott Winters, Ph.D.

Speaker - Restoring our Waters

CEO

Coral Restoration Foundation

Bio

2020 Honorary Congressional Committee

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