Noted ecologist and best-selling author to talk at Saint Joseph’s College on April 26

Saint Joseph's College will present a talk by ecologist and best-selling author Carl Safina on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. His presentation called "In the Same Net: Ocean Life, Ethics and the Human Spirit" weaves the scientific, moral, and social dimensions of our relationship with nature.

According to Dr. Safina, fisheries, poverty, war and peace, forests, coral reefs and climate change are all facets of the same issues. He will explore how scientific findings have ethical implications, how religion and science are converging toward common cause on environmental matters, and how moral responses can add momentum toward solutions that are becoming increasingly crucial.
"There's a lot to be excited and hopeful about in conservation today," says Safina, whose new TV show, "Saving the Ocean," premiered this month on PBS. "The show brings attention to those places where things are going right - and what we can learn from them," he notes.

Carl SafinaSafina is an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University and founding president of Blue Ocean Institute, a non-profit organization based in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. He has also been a recreational fisherman since childhood and has begun to advocate for the very creatures he grew up hunting, believing that if commercial overfishing were to continue at the current rate, entire populations of fish might cease to exist.

A winner of the prestigious Pew Fellowship, MacArthur Fellowship and Guggenheim Fellowship, Safina has written five books, including last year's The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, and A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. His writing has been awarded such distinctions as New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Los Angeles Times "Best Nonfiction," Library Journal's "Best Science Book," Lannan Literary Award, John Burroughs Medal, and the National Academies' "Year's Best Book for Communicating Science." Safina has also been profiled on Nightline and in The New York Times, and was featured on the Bill Moyers PBS special "Earth on Edge."

Safina's talk will take place in the Viola George Auditorium of Harold Alfond Hall at Saint Joseph's College at 6:30 p.m. (RSVP to Charmaine Daniels at 893-7723.) The event features a reception at 5:30 p.m., and book signing at 7:30 p.m.

His talk is hosted and sponsored by Saint Joseph's College and the Maine Coastal Program. Co-sponsors include Chewonki, Waynflete School, GoMEAA, Coastal Studies for Girls, University of Southern Maine and Cornerstones of Science.

April 18, 2011
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu