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New York, NY - Urban Oceans

  • Caveat 21A Clinton Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

This November we have a special edition of our show! Five storytellers will take the stage to share true, personal stories about the ocean and our coastal waters. Two of our tellers will be announced on the day of the show. These brave people will be taking the plunge after developing their story over two intensive days of workshop with us.

Hosted by Nisse Greenberg and Tracy Rowland. Doors at 6:30 pm.

Our workshop and show are made possible with the support of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, which seeks to preserve the world’s most treasured landscapes and seascapes.

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Dr. Merry Camhi is the Director of the New York Seascape program, a joint program of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium and the Global Marine Program. This initiative seeks to raise public awareness and take action to conserve threatened marine wildlife and habitats in the New York Bight, through conservation research, citizen science and education, and improvement in management policies. Current New York Seascape projects include field research tagging and tracking movements of sharks, whales, and eels, policy efforts to protect habitat including the Hudson Canyon and to ensure a safe place for marine wildlife through ocean planning, and a number of outreach and artistic initiatives to build a local and vocal ocean constituency. Merry has worked in marine conservation since receiving her Ph.D. in Ecology from Rutgers University, where she studied sea turtles in Costa Rica and Georgia. She then worked for ten years as a scientist and then assistant director of Audubon’s Living Oceans Program. Her efforts have focused on domestic and international conservation and management of large ocean fishes, and sharks in particular. She has been a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group since 1994, and previously served as Deputy Chair. In 2007, she was the Content Coordinator for the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibition Water: H20 = Life. Her publications include a co-authored IUCN report The Conservation Status of Pelagic Sharks and Rays (2009), and the co-edited book Sharks of the Open Ocean (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

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Dr. Konrad Hughen is a Senior Scientist in the department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).  He received a double B.Sc. in Biology and Geology at the University of California, Santa and was awarded a NASA Graduate Research Fellowship, leading to his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Konrad was also awarded a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship, which he pursued at Harvard University before joining the scientific faculty at WHOI. As a geochemist and paleoclimatologist, Konrad’s research interests involve the development and application of proxy indicators for reconstructing climatic and environmental change, focusing on materials from modern coral tissues to centuries-old coral drill cores.  His investigations have taken him all over the world, including recent expeditions to Micronesia, Red Sea, Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Cuba.


Dr. Latasha Wright received her Ph.D. from NYU Langone Medical Center in Cell and Molecular Biology. After her studies, she went on to continue her scientific training at Johns Hopkins University and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has co­authored numerous publications and presented her work at international and national conferences. In 2011, she joined the crew of the BioBus, a mobile science lab dedicated to bringing hands­on science and inspiration to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The BioBus creates a setting that fosters innovation and creativity. Students are encouraged to ask questions, formulate hypotheses, and design experiments. Through the BioBus, Latasha was able to share her love of science with a new generation of potential scientists. Everyday that she spends teaching students about science in this transformative environment helps her remember that science is fun. She loves sharing the journey of discovery with students of all ages. In 2014, the BioBus team launched an immersive, un­intimidating laboratory space called the BioBase, a community laboratory model. At the BioBase students are encouraged to explore their scientific potential through in­-depth programming and hands­-on experimentation. Latasha has lead the efforts in establishing this community laboratory model, and hopes to build on its success in other communities. The efforts of the BioBus’ team to promote science education to all communities in New York City has been recognized by numerous news outlets, including the WNYC science radio program Hypothesis. Additionally, Latasha has been featured as NY1’s New Yorker of the Week.

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