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Originally published in Compass, September 12, 2013
Ocean experts to discuss decline of coral reefs at MERI

Two deep-ocean divers who have witnessed dramatic and disturbing changes occurring in oceans across the world will share their observations and concerns at a lecture at the Center For Marine Studies, 55 Main Street in Blue Hill, on Wednesday, September 18, at 6 p.m., following a speakers’ reception that starts at 5:30.

Marine ecologist Ann Cleveland and photographer Anne Doubilet will present “State of Our Oceans: Crisis and Conservation in the 21st Century.” This will be the final lecture in the 2013 series “Oceans Matter: Conversations About Oceans and Human Health,” the Marine Environmental Research Institute announced in a press release.

Cleveland is chairman of the Corning School of Ocean Studies and professor of Marine Biology at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Her research has taken her all over the world—from the frigid waters of the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Maine, to the warm seas of Baja California and the Caribbean. A Graduate Women in Science Fellow, she was previously a fisheries observer for the National Marine Fisheries Services and a research diver for Living Seas at the EPCOT Center.

Doubilet is a distinguished member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and has worked throughout the world’s oceans. The changes she has documented for 40 years in the underwater world have spurred her to become a dedicated ocean advocate. She is a writer and photographer who has logged thousands of dives worldwide working as a dive-team member for National Geographic Magazine, contributing measurably on 34 stories about the seas.