International Ocean Film Festival

Q&A (4/23 @ 10:00 AM PST) - Discovering the Deep

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Discovering The Deep

Date: Friday April 23 at 10:00 AM PST

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Meet the panelists:

Sebastian Nicholls - Moderator

Sebastian Nicholls currently works at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Ocean Conservation program. He has written petitions on the need for a Sustainable Development Goal on the ocean and expanded marine protected areas, and he has engaged world leaders to advance marine conservation. He believes restoring marine ecosystems and mitigating climate change are the critical challenges of our time, as both are crucial for a prosperous future. Sebastian has contributed to the Huffington Post, planned conferences at Georgetown University featuring world leaders discussing ocean conservation, and developed a vision to empower youth to create a sustainable future. He was the main student involved in planning the first-ever youth component of the Our Ocean Conference in 2016 and a parallel youth summit has become a fixture of the event since then. Sebastian also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Ocean Film Festival and California EV nonprofit Charge Across Town.



John Dutton:

John Dutton is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Over the past 20 years his work has taken him from the bustling red carpets of Hollywood to the remotest beaches of Indonesia and the Solomon Islands, serving as Director, Producer, Cameraman, Editor and Writer on a diverse series of documentaries and films.

With a background in biology and geology and a fascination for science and conservation, John produces blue-chip science and wildlife films for ORF Enterprises and their international broadcaster partners, Smithsonian TV, ARTE, ZDF; short documentaries for NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration), U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, the Smithsonian Institute, as well as for NGO’s such as National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, WWF, Wildcoast International, Ocean Ecology Network, ProNatura and The Nature Conservancy.

You can learn more about John's work at his website


Chad King:

Chad has been with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary since 2002, and is responsible for the collection, analyses and dissemination of spatial data for the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN) and MBNMS. These data help integrate past and present monitoring programs within the Sanctuary and are the foundation of decision making tools such as interactive maps that are made available to the general public. He is also a NOAA Divemaster and an active participant in subtidal research, including kelp forest and invasive species monitoring and underwater photography and videography. Additionally, he produces short outreach films and has produced significant content for the Sanctuary Exploration Center. Chad was instrumental in developing “SeaPhoto”, an iOS app that features imagery and life history content of the MBNMS. Chad earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Science in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. His academic research focused on kelp forest ecology and subtropical ecological dynamics and genetics in the Gulf of California.



Jennifer Brown:

As the Ecosystem Scientist for the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN), Jennifer Brown is responsible for developing and coordinating ecosystem assessments at both local and regional levels. These ecosystem models and condition reports help address resource management needs for integrated monitoring information. Additionally, Jennifer provides science support for the Marine Protected Areas MBNMS Action Plan through the development of data summaries and resource assessments.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focused on evaluating the relative value of nearshore ecosystems at nursery grounds for juvenile flatfish. Other past projects focused on the Monterey Bay area include: 1) A Review of Marine Zones in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary which is part of the National Marine Sanctuary Conservation Series, 2) A plan for monitoring the fish assemblage in Elkhorn Slough prepared for the Elkhorn Slough National Research Reserve, and 3) a review of the Special Status Species that reside in or transit through the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.