Date: Thursday, Mat 27th, 4:00 PM
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Prof. Brian Beale, Cooperating Professor of Marine Ecology, Research Director of Downeast Institute, University of Maine
Dr. Beal is a professor of marine ecology at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM). His position at UMM is divided equally between teaching and research, and includes his work at DEI. In addition, Dr. Beal directs UMM’s Marine Field Station at Black Duck Cove.
A native of Jonesport, Maine, Dr. Beal graduated from UMM in 1979 with a B.S. degree in Biology and went on to earn an M.S. degree in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He obtained a Ph.D. in Marine Bio-Resources from the University of Maine at Orono.
Dr. Beal was instrumental in establishing Maine’s first lobster hatchery in the town of Cutler in 1986. He worked with clammers and shellfish committees in six Washington County towns to create Maine’s first public clam hatchery in 1987, known as the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery. Dr. Beal is known for his work with soft-shell clams throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada. He was a 2000-2001 Fulbright scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway where he worked with Irish fishermen and researchers on ocean-based nurseries for cultured European lobster (Homarus gammarus) juveniles. https://downeastinstitute.org
Peter Bryant, Senior Program Officer, Walton Personal Philanthropy Group and The Builders Initiative
Peter Bryant is a senior program officer focused on strategy development, environmental grant-making, and impact investment opportunities for the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group and The Builders Initiative, a new foundation established by a third generation member of the Walton family. Within these institutions, Peter is focused on the oceans sustainability, including fisheries management, aquaculture, ocean conservation, and climate resilience work. Peter also leads an impact investing strategy for the office, which is focused on early stage investment opportunities in businesses and funds that seek to improve oceans health.
Previously, Peter spent nine years at the Walton Family Foundation managing ocean and fisheries grant-making within the Environment Program with a focus on international geographies, including Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Peter has more than 20 years’ experience in freshwater and marine conservation, previously managing programs on river conservation and marine fisheries at several organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. Early in his career, Peter focused on corporate partnerships for conservation and communications and marketing.
Peter received his undergraduate degree in economics from Colby College and has a Master’s in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He lives with his children in Carlsbad, California.
Thierry Chopin, Ph.D., Professor of Marine Biology, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada
Dr. Thierry Chopin was born and educated in France. He obtained his Doctorate from the University of Western Brittany, Brest, France. He moved to Canada in 1989 and is presently Professor in the Biology Department at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.
In 2001, Dr. Chopin became the Principal Investigator of an inter-disciplinary project funded by AquaNet, the Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence for Aquaculture, which was entitled “Development of integrated aquaculture (fish/shellfish/seaweed) for environmentally and economically-balanced diversification and social acceptability”.
Since 2006, the AquaNet project has expanded from R&D to C (commercialization) aspects with the support of the Atlantic Innovation Fund of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the continued collaboration with scientists of the St. Andrews Marine Station of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Dr. Shawn Robinson is co-leader of the project) and our industrial partners Cooke Aquaculture Inc. and Acadian Seaplants Limited.
Dr. Chopin is Past President of the Aquaculture Association of Canada and of the Phycological Society of America, and is President of the International Seaweed Association. He is an advisor to the International Foundation for Science, in Stockholm, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Aquaculture International. Dr. Chopin is also Honorary Vice-Consul of France and was awarded the distinction of Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques of France in 2006. https://www2.unb.ca/chopinlab/index.html
Val Zavala was anchor and executive producer of “SoCal Connected” until her retirement in 2018. Since joining KCET in 1987 she has won 15 L.A. Emmy awards. She has covered major issues in southern California politics, education, government, demographics, healthcare, environment, economy, and arts and culture. She has been honored for her community service by numerous organizations including the California Chicano News Media Association, and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media among others. She was a John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University in 1993. She received her M.A. in journalism from American University and her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University. https://www.kcet.org/people/val-zavala