Lectures and Special Events

Science Throwdown: Sea vs. Land

June 19, 2018

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On the ground or into the deep—which creatures are more compelling, intriguing, and inspiring? Join comedian and journalist Faith Salie for a lively discussion about the pros and cons of sea or land fauna across a range of categories. This tongue-in-cheek “debate” pits luminaries in two areas of science against each other, and you decide who wins. Panelists include conservationist Carl Safina and animal behavior expert Lori Marino (Team Sea) facing off against zoologist Jarod Miller and primatologist Mireya Mayor (Team Land). 

A book signing and meet-and-greet to follow.

Science Throwdown: Sea vs. Land is made possible by OceanX, an initiative of the Dalio Foundation, as part of its generous support of the special exhibition Unseen Oceans and its related educational activities and public programs.


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FAITH SALIE is a journalist, writer, actor, comedian and television and radio host. She is an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. She also hosts the PBS show, Science Goes To The Movies. Salie attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, where her fellow scholars went on to become governors and Pulitzer Prize winners, while she landed on a Star Trek collectible trading card worth hundreds of cents.


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CARL SAFINA is an ecologist whose work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships awards, and writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards, as well as John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. Safina is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, and is founding president of the not-for-profit organization, The Safina Center. He hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina.

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LORI MARINO is a neuroscientist, animal behavior expert and president of The Whale Sanctuary Project. Marino is also the founder and executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, which focuses on bridging the gap between academic research and scholarship and on-the-ground animal advocacy efforts. She has appeared in several films and television programs, including the 2013 documentary Blackfish about killer whale captivity, and Unlocking the Cage, the 2016 documentary on the Nonhuman Rights Project.


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JAROD MILLER is a zoologist, naturalist, pet expert, and television personality.  Miller currently is the host of his own nationally syndicated television series, Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller, co-host of Pet Finder and reality show host of America's Greatest Dog. Miller is the former executive director of the Binghamton Zoo, and the youngest accredited zoo director in the United States at age 25. He is the founder of Wild Encounters, a company that provides students an opportunity to learn about the world’s animal habitats without leaving the classroom.

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MIREYA MAYOR is a primatologist, explorer, inspirational speaker, anthropologist, author and wildlife correspondent for the National Geographic. A former NFL cheerleader, daughter of Cuban immigrants, and mother of six, Mayor followed her unlikely dreams. For more than a decade she has hosted wildlife shows, most recently the Nat Geo WILD series Wild Nights with Mireya Mayor. Mayor has been hailed as a “female Indiana Jones,” and an inspiration to young women interested in science and exploration.