Jesse Ausubel


Jesse Ausubel is Director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University in New York City, 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. He began his career in 1977 as a resident fellow with the Climate Research Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and helped organize the first UN World Climate Conference (1979). Mr. Ausubel initiated and helped lead the Census of Marine Life, Barcode of Life Initiative, and International Quiet Ocean Experiment. A deep sea lobster, Dinochelus ausubeli, is named in his honor as well as a genus of Bryozoans, the Jessethoa. At present his lab is pioneering studies of naked DNA in seawater to assess presence and abundance of marine species. He served as lead author for the Manifesto of the Clean Ocean International Expert Group of the UN Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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