Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Bringing the Ocean Ashore: Ichthyology and Infrastructure in Pacific Waters

Anthony Medrano, Ziff Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment, will give a talk as part of the Tufts Environmental Studies Lunch & Learn Program series. 

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100. The very next day, President Obama made history by signing a proclamation expanding the size of the Hawaiian Archipelago's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, making it the largest marine protected area in the world. And yet, while we know how this protected geography came to be—it was established by President Bush in 2006 and enlarged by President Obama in 2016—we know far less about the ways in which the U.S. came to understand and value the Pacific's biological diversity. This presentation uses the career of Alvin Seale (1871-1958) to show how the overlooked study of fish was central to bringing the ocean ashore and knowing the wealth and wonders of the Pacific environment. Through Seale's currents in and around this great ocean, the talk suggests that today's national marine monuments not only stem from the historical interplay between fish, science, and infrastructure but that the legacy of these interactions is at the heart of knowing these Pacific waters and the threats they face in the age of climate change.

Dr. Anthony Medrano is a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard University, where he looks at the history and legacy of human-ocean interactions in the Indo-Pacific region. His current book project, Modern Fish: Science, Industry, and the Rise of Urban Southeast Asia, tells the story of how regional waters fueled the rapid growth of cities, infrastructures, plantations, and mines in the decades from the late nineteenth century to the end of the interwar period. Broadly, Dr. Medrano's research examines how the marine environmental past shapes, and is shaped by, our global environmental present. Prior to receiving his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017, he studied at Humboldt and Hawaii as well as the University of Indonesia and the National University of Malaysia.

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