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The ocean is a remarkable place, full of bizarre creatures and otherworldly geologic phenomena. The wealth of information we’ve gained from deep-sea exploration – from bioindustrial products to key links of the evolutionary chain – comes from just 0.01% of the seafloor. There’s so much more to be found, and yet human-caused changes are already afflicting the most remote corners of the ocean. Fortunately, the United Nations is poised to develop a unifying law that may conserve the high seas, making sure we don’t lose precious species before we even discover them.

About the Speaker

Jeff Marlow

Jeff Marlow

Jeffrey Marlow is a Geobiologist at Harvard University and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. His current research examines deep-ocean microbiology and the inner workings of methane-metabolizing microorganisms; previous projects explored deep sea vents in the Eastern Pacific, lava lakes in Vanuatu, and acidic rivers of Spain’s Rio Tinto. He has participated in several of NASA’s robotic missions to Mars, including the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Phoenix Mars Lander, and the Mars Science Laboratory. In addition to his scientific research, Marlow is a science journalist with articles at venues including Wired Magazine, Discover Magazine, and The New York Times. He is also the founder of the Ad Astra Academy, a global education project that brings the excitement and inspirational power of exploration to under-resourced communities around the world.