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Annual Dinner Sunday

Sunday, March 22nd

ECAD Sunday will start in the morning at 9:00am, with the customary Annual Meeting of the Membership. This portion of the day is open only to Members of the Club. At Noon, the Club will be open to guests who joined us for the previous evening's festivities, with lunch served for all in attendance. The Clubhouse will not be open to the general public. After lunch, we will begin the afternoon programs from a wide variety of explorers.

1:20 PM   John Geiger

Polar Exploration

The greatest mystery in all polar exploration is the fate of the 1845–1848 British Arctic Expedition commanded by Sir John Franklin. All 129 crewmen died, and the two ships seemingly vanished without a trace. The expedition's destruction was a mass disaster spread over two years, with lead poisoning, scurvy and, ultimately, cannibalism. The mystery persisted for 17 decades, until last fall’s discovery of Franklin’s ship, HMS Erebus.

1:40 PM   Amber Jackson & Emily Callahan

Artificial Reefs

Found all over the world's oceans, offshore oil and gas platforms boast immense and colorful reefs. Graduates from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson took on the adventure of exploring these platforms off of California and the diversity of marine life thriving there. Converting oil platforms into artificial reefs provides a silver lining to the realities of offshore oil and gas development by offering an alternative to complete rig removal.

2:00 PM   Julian Fisher

Anthropology in Africa

In the mid 19th century European explorers encountered culturally rich African tribal kingdoms. Their impact upon those kingdoms was profound. Between 2007 and 2015 Anthropologist Julian Monroe Fisher has conducted six EC flag expeditions researching what the Victorian age explorers said about those kingdoms in the 19th century and the 21st century realities of central African kingdoms. Most recently he has focused upon the Mundari pastoral herdsmen of South Sudan and the Karamojong/Karimojong pastoral herdsmen of northeastern Uganda.

2:20 PM   Cameron Batchelor

Mass extinction events

Scientists from the International Geoscience Programme Project 596 study climate change and biodiversity patterns in deep time. In August 2014, the team (including Dr. Sarah Carmichael, Dr. Johnny Waters, and Cameron Batchelor of Appalachian State University) conducted fieldwork western Mongolia using a range of geologic techniques - from geochemistry to stratigraphy to paleontology to radiometric age dating - in order to better understand Late Devonian mass extinction events.

2:40 PM TO 3:40 PM   Break

3:40 PM   Jut Wynne

Unique Easter Island biology

A relict assemblage of endemic invertebrates, new to science, has been discovered in Easter Island (Rapa Nui) caves. Despite the island-wide loss of most native ecosystems, these animals persist and are considered “disturbance relicts” — organisms whose distributions are now limited to areas that experienced minimal human disturbance historically. This discovery represents exciting conservation opportunities for protecting these imperiled animal populations.

4:00 PM   Denise Herzing

Dolphin Communication

We will explore the life of three generations of dolphins growing up in the wild and the many ways they communicate using sound, postures and vision. This resident community has been studied for 30 years in the same location in the Bahamas. Recent changes in the environment have caused a major distribution shift of these resident dolphins, creating new challenges to life in the wild.

4:20 PM   Susan Eaton

Snorkeling census of northern water biology

In July 2014, a ten-woman team of ocean explorers, scientists, divers, movie makers and journalists from four countries mounted a successful proof-of-concept snorkel expedition from northern Labrador to western Greenland. The expedition involved long-distance snorkel relays—using diver propulsion vehicles—in pack ice and in the 9,000-foot-deep waters of the Davis Strait. Team Sedna conducted marine mammal and sea bird censuses and delivered an ocean educational program

4:40 PM   Mary Ann Bruni


Filmmaker Mary Ann Bruni has visited Kurdistan regularly since 1991. Her documentary Quest for Honor “To promote peace and understanding through exploration and documentation.” premiered at 2009 Sundance Film Festival, was short-listed for the 2010 Oscars, and won the 2010 Van Gogh Grand Jury Award at Amsterdam Film Festival. For her Spanish Texas work Bruni holds a lazo de dama award from the Order of Isabel la Catolica, awarded by Juan Carlos, King of Spain. Today we share the back story of her coming Kurdistan film.

5:00 PM   Pastries, Prosecco, and More Surprises

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