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Salvatore Genovese is the Director of Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program and MS in Marine Biology Program at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA.  After completing a BA at Swarthmore College, a PhD at Northeastern University, and postdoctoral research at Brown University, he returned to Northeastern University 15 years ago to head the Three Seas Program, and subsequently established the MS in Marine Biology Program in 2004.  His research interests are focused at the intersection of oceanography and subtidal marine ecology, having conducted research examining population and community dynamics of corals and other marine invertebrates and algae in the Gulf of Maine, the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, New Zealand, and French Polynesia.  His research efforts have employed the use of a variety of technologies and platforms, including over a dozen oceanographic and SCUBA research cruises, the Johnson Sea-Link submersible, Nitrox, Trimix, and saturation diving, and four missions using the Aquarius underwater habitat.

Jens Christiansen is Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College. He was educated at the University of Hamburg (MBA), the London School of Economics, and Stanford University (PhD), and has held visiting positions at Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, Yale, Beijing Language and Culture University, Galen University (Belize), and the Berlin School of Economics and Law, among others. As a Fulbright–Nehru Scholar, he was also affiliated with India’s premier women’s college, Lady Shri Ram College of the University of Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. In his numerous publications he has written on topics such as unemployment, labor relations, and productivity growth in advanced industrial countries, and on child labor, the employment of women, and the transition to factory production in U.S. economic history. In recent years his research and teaching have focused more closely on the global economy and its challenges–primarily financial instability, economic and social inequality, and ecological degradation. He has frequently traveled and lectured in East Africa, Latin America, much of Asia, and most of Europe.

Howard R. Ernst is a full professor in the Political Science Department of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. At the Naval Academy, Dr. Ernst teaches classes in environmental policy and directs the Political Science Department’s honors program. He also represents University of Virginia’s Center for Politics as a Senior Scholar in the area of environmental policy and directs the Environmental Leadership Program at Gettysburg College’s Eisenhower Institute where he is the Seiden-Levi Fellow of Public Policy. Professor Ernst is a graduate of Lehigh University, molds a master’s degree from American University, and a Ph.D. in Government from University of Virginia. Dr. Ernst was a student on Semester at Sea in the spring of 1992. Dr. Ernst’s research and teaching focuses on citizen influence on the environmental policy process. He has published six books and numerous academic articles and is best known for his work in the area of environmental policy and natural resource management. He is currently writing a book about coral reef management that will be published by Johns Hopkins University.