Lights, Camera, Walrus! From Beneath the Ice to the Big Screen

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January 10, 2011: Award-winning underwater cinematographer, Adam Ravetch works in one of the most unforgiving, hostile environments imaginable: Under the ice in the Arctic. And with camera in hand, he pursues some of the most elusive and dangerous Arctic life, including polar bears and walrus. The critically-acclaimed film, “Arctic Tale” narrated by Queen Latifah told the story of a polar bear cub and a walrus pup against the backdrop of a changing Arctic environment and showcased 15 years worth of Adam’s incredible footage and insights. Adam joins us this week to tell us how he did it, and what’s next!

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State of the Oceans Forum II: Facing the Crisis: Reasons for Hope

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Join TED prize recipient and leading oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle at the Explorers Club for a discussion on how we can and must save the world’s most crucial natural resource ? the living ocean ? while there is still time.

In early 2009, a panel of top scientists led by marine toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw and Dr. Earle came together to convey a powerful message about the enormity of the crisis facing the world’s oceans at the first State of the Oceans Forum. Now, these Explorers return for a follow-up forum about the innovative solutions, leadership and resources required to make a difference for future generations. Join them at the Second State of the Oceans Forum: Facing the Crisis: Reasons for Hope on Monday, December 7, 2009, 7:00-9:00pm at the Explorers Club’s World Center for Exploration in New York City.
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Video: State of the Oceans Forum: A Call to Action

A Special ExpeditionCasts Presentation: State of the Oceans : A Call to Action. With its growing focus on conservation, the Explorers Club hosted its first-ever State of the Oceans Forum, featuring a panel of ocean explorers/scientists offering a range of perspectives on the state of our oceans today and the actions we must take in order to restore and sustain them. The panel was held on Sunday, March 22, 2009 at the Explorers Club’s World Center for Exploration in New York City. (You can watch this video below or on your iPod or compatible MP3/video player by subscribing free to ExpeditionCasts in iTunes.)
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Corals: World Oceans Week at The Explorers Club

Ocean Doctor founder and president, Dr. David E. Guggenheim, will speak and moderate a panel on corals and coral conservation at a special breakfast presentation at The Explorers Club on Wednesday, June 7th.

As part of its wider World Oceans Week, The Explorers Club is hosting a week of free breakfast panels. Featuring a new topic each morning, these panels feature leaders on the most pressing ocean issues. Doors open at 8am with coffee and breakfast offerings for guests. Panels start at 9am sharp.

Breakfast panels are free of charge and open to public walk-ins, sign-up not required. But be sure register here on eventbrite to guarantee yourself a seat!

Monday 5th – Art & Communication

  • Dimitri Deheyn
  • Sylvia Earle
  • James Prosek
  • Patricia Ricard

Tuesday 6th – Protected Areas

  • Chris Fisher
  • Carl Safina
  • Stephanie Wear

Wednesday 7th – Coral

  • David Guggenheim
  • Narrissa Spies
  • Blue Force Veterans

Thursday 8th – Robotics

  • Keith Ellenbogen
  • Oliver Steeds
  • Tim Taylor

Friday 9th – Plastics & Marine Debris

  • Doug Woodring
  • Ethan Edson
  • Karen Raubenheimer

The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. It promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. 

The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, and first to the surface of the moon.  It is headquartered at 46 East 70th Street in New York City.

Explorers Club: Advancing Collaboration between the U.S. and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

The Explorers Club and Ocean Doctor present:

Advancing Collaboration between the United States and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

 Friday, May 9, 2014

The Explorers Club Headquarters
46 E. 70th Street , New York, NY 10021
(Between Park and Madison Avenues, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan)

RSVP: To secure a reservation, email or call 212.628.8383

On the morning of May 8th, Members of the U.S. Congress will meet with representatives of the Cuban Interests Section along with Cuban and American marine scientists in an unprecedented briefing with the goal of developing specific steps designed to elevate the level of collaboration in marine science and conservation between Cuba and the U.S.

Scientific research focused on the marine waters the two countries share has been one of the few areas of strong, consistent collaboration between the United States and Cuba despite the fact that the two countries have not had formal diplomatic relations over the past 50 years.

Please join us for a unique panel discussion to learn about the results of this landmark meeting and what it may mean for the future of marine science and international relations.


 Dr. David E. Guggenheim
President, Ocean Doctor (Washington, DC)
Explorers Club National Fellow ‘08

 Dr. Julio A. Baisre
Vicedirector, National Aquarium of Cuba/Acuario Nacional de Cuba (Havana, Cuba)

 Dr. Fabián Pina Amargos
Director, Center for Coastal Ecosystem Research/
Centro de Investigaciones Ecosistemas Costeras (Cayo Coco, Cuba)

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

RSVPTo secure a reservation, email or call 212.628.8383 


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