Mr. Jesse Ausubel

Director

Jesse Ausubel began his career in 1977 as a resident fellow with the Climate Research Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He helped organize the first UN World Climate Conference (1979) and in the early 1980s led the climate task of IIASA. He authored much of the original World Climate Program and the International Geosphere-Biosphere (Global Change) Program. Since 1989 Mr. Ausubel has served 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. In 2000 Pres. Clinton appointed him to the President’s Panel on Ocean Exploration. An adjunct scientist of WHOI, he delivered the US Naval Academy’s 2015 Michelson Lecture, hosted the 2016 National Ocean Exploration Forum, and has pioneered studies of DNA in seawater to assess presence and abundance of marine species. Mr. Ausubel serves on the Clean Ocean international Expert Group of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.