Livestream This Friday: Black Americans’ Contributions to Ocean Conservation Science and Chances to Expand Representation in the Field

Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is holding a livestreamed online forum on Friday, Feb. 26, as part of a celebration of Black History Month to highlight Black Americans’ contributions to ocean conservation science and discuss opportunities to expand representation in the field. The event will be livestreamed at the links below.

Grijalva and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.), authors of the Environmental Justice for All Act, will lead the forum alongside other members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The pioneering Black cell biologist and researcher Ernest Everett Just, the first marine biologist in American history, paved the way for role models such as Roger Arliner Young, the first Black woman to earn a PhD in Zoology; Samuel Milton Nabrit, who created opportunities for Black scientists through civil rights campaigns; and Robert Kent Trench, who won the prestigious Miescher-Ishida Prize for his contribution to the field of biology in 1994. Despite a long and highly decorated history in the field, Black Americans are still inadequately represented in ocean conservation.

Friday’s panel speakers include:

  • Dr. Jeanette Davis
    Marine Microbiologist - Science Is Everywhere, LLC
  • Queen Quet
    Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation
  • Tashiana Osborne
    PhD Candidate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego

When: 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Watch Livehttp://bit.ly/2ZPVLfI (Facebook) or https://youtu.be/9s9lsWclwUw (YouTube)

This document has not been officially adopted by the Committee on Natural Resources and therefore may not necessarily reflect the views of its Members.

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