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NYC - Sea Stories 2012

Sea Stories is day focused on exploration, conservation, scuba diving, shipwrecks, nautical history and marine life. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the ocean to interact. Tickets will NOT be sold at door.

9:00 AM Registration – coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion

David Concannon FN’96 – “Titanic by the Rest of Us: 25 Years of Exploration at the Titanic Wreck Site by Explorers Club Members.”

Mr. Concannon has participated in or led numerous expeditions to explore and film the R.M.S. Titanic. He has made numerous dives using submersibles to the wreck site, discovering new debris fields and recovering artifacts for international exhibition. An attorney, Mr. Concannon represented The Explorers Club and several of its prominent members to restore access to the Titanic for exploration and photography.

Mr. Concannon has also provided legal and operational advice to expeditions to climb Mt. Everest, to explore and film the German battleship Bismarck, to discover the world’s deepest wooden shipwreck in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle.

Michele Westmorland FN'95 – “Melanesia: Islands of Diversity.”

Ms. Westmorland captures the exquisite beauty of the abundant marine life of Melanesia which encompasses Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, among many others. Over 27 times visits to these stunning tropical islands have enabled her to document the vital connection between land and sea, and all of its inhabitants, including the traditional island cultures that are sustained by this remarkable marine environment.

Ms. Westmorland is a passionate conservation photographer whose images have appeared in national and international publications. Her book Ocean Duets focuses on the beauty of the underwater world. In 2011, Ms. Westmorland was inducted into the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. Founding member of International League of Conservation Photographers.

Katy Croff Bell – “Exploring the Depths of the Ocean with Technology.”

Dr. Bell’s utilizes telepresence technology on ocean exploration projects for remote science and education. As Chief Scientist of the Nautilus Exploration Program, she works with teams to implement this technology on multidisciplinary expeditions to the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Bell is also vice president of the Ocean Exploration Trust directing the Exploration Vessel Nautilus Exploration Program. The expeditions are shared with the world live, revealing the wonders of the undersea world in real time, in an effort to engage and inspire a new generation of young explorers. She has participated in or led more than 25 oceanographic and archaeological projects. In 2006, she was named a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer.

Dr. Bell earned an S.B. from MIT in Ocean Engineering, a Master's in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton and a Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. She was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration.

Stephen Frink – “Reef Retrospective: Tales of 3 Decades of Dive Photojournalism.”

Stephen Frink is among the world's most frequently published underwater photographers and is a Canon Explorer of Light, the only marine specialist within this very elite group of photographers.

He is also the publisher of the magazine for the Divers Alert Network, Alert Diver. Previously, his editorial work appeared in Scuba Diving as director of photography, and as a contributing photographer for Skin Diver magazine for 17-years. Mr. Frink authored a coffee table book Wonders of the Deep. He teaches Masters level courses of underwater imaging in his home waters of Key Largo, Florida.

Kakani Katija – “The Search for Elusive Jellyfish: Exploration Challenges, Accidental Encounters and (painful) Lessons Learned.”

Dr. Katija is a Devonshire Postdoctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a non-profit ocean research institution in Woods Hole, MA. She has conducted diving field expeditions in Friday Harbor, WA, Woods Hole, MA, Croatia, Australia, Panama, and Palau. In 2011, she was named a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer.

Dr. Katija received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at University of Washington and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Ph.D. in Bioengineering at California Institute of Technology. Dr. Katija is a recipient of both the ASEE National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship.

Robert MacKinnon and Dallas Murphy - “Treasure Hunter: a Unique Story about Shipwrecks that Changed Colonial North America."

Captain MacKinnon in his long quest of over 25 years has explored some of Nova Scotia’s most famous shipwrecks – Le Chameau (1725), Auguste (1761), HMS Feversham (1711), HMS Leonidas (1832), HMS Fantome (1814), and Marie sans Pareille (1745). Captain MacKinnon’s life-long ambition is to save and preserve the maritime cultural heritage of Nova Scotia through science and practical application to gain a better understanding of our ocean environment.

Dallas Murphy is the author of several books about the ocean and sailing. He frequently writes about the science and life aboard oceanographic research vessels, mostly in the Arctic.

Date: 11/10/12

Time: 9:00AM-7:00PM

Location: New York City Headquarters, 46 East 70th St., New York, NY

Member Ticket Price: $60 - $65 for all reservations received between Nov. 5th and event.

Guest Ticket Price: $60 - $65 for all reservations received between Nov. 5th and event.

Student Ticket Price:

$25 - $30 for all reservations received between Nov. 5th and event.

Reservation Notes:

This event is open to the public. To make a reservation please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Club at 212-628-8383

Cancellation/”No Show” Policy

* If a reservation is canceled after Monday November 5th there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
* Credit Cards provided for payment will be charged within 4 days prior to the event.
* There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

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