Jesse Ausubel began his career in 1977 as a resident fellow with the Climate Research Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. He helped organize the first UN World Climate Conference (1979) and authored much of the original documentation of the World Climate Program and the International Geosphere-Biosphere (Global Change) Program. Since 1989 Mr. Ausubel has served in New York City at The Rockefeller University, where he leads a program to elaborate the technical vision of a large, prosperous society that emits little harmful and spares large amounts of land and sea for nature. Mr. Ausubel initiated and helped lead the Census of Marine Life, Barcode of Life Initiative, and International Quiet Ocean Experiment. At present his lab studies naked DNA in seawater to assess presence and abundance of marine species and in 2018 hosted the first US National Conference on Marine eDNA. In 2012 St. Andrews University (Scotland) awarded Mr. Ausubel an honorary doctorate for his contributions to environmental science. A deep sea lobster, Dinochelus ausubeli, is named in his honor as well as a genus of Bryozoans, the Jessethoa.
**Jesse will be having a pre-seminar cup of tea in the SOI collaboration space from 9am and is happy to meet and informally chat to anyone who may be interested. Just turn up, or email Carmel (cm107) for more information**