Natural Capital Conversations - The Anthropocene Ocean

Sponsored by Natural Capital Project


Wednesday, January 27, 2021
9:00 am – 10:30 am
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The Anthropocene Ocean - January 27, 2021

Humans have become a dominant force of planetary change. This epoch, referred to as the Anthropocene, implies profound alterations to the Earth’s marine and terrestrial ecosystems upon which so many people depend. The prospect of a new era of blue growth, in particular, poses unprecedented sustainability and governance challenges to the ocean, as marine ecosystems face cumulative pressures from local human impacts, global climate change, and distal socioeconomic drivers. This session will explore what the Anthropocene means for the ocean and how to steer it in a sustainable and equitable way. With the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development poised to begin, panelists will present new research frontiers at the science-policy-practice interface and discuss how to approach ocean sustainability in the 21st century.

Panelist & Moderator: 

  • Jan Bebbington, Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development, Birmingham Business School
  • Jean-Baptiste Jouffray, Postdoctoral Researcher at Stockholm Resilience Center (Moderator)
  • Douglas McCauley, Associate Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Elizabeth Selig, Deputy Director at Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University
  • John Virdin, Director, Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University


The Natural Capital Conversations is the newest addition to NatCap’s virtual programming. Join us for live conversations with scientists, practitioners, and leaders in government and business.

Our Conversations format is designed to spark engaging discussion, learn from others’ experiences, and promote connections with collaborators old and new.

In 2021, the events will feature everything from climate-smart coastal planning to cultural ecosystem services and more. We encourage you to participate in the live sessions, where you’ll be able to engage with panelists. Each session’s recording will be posted here and on our YouTube page after the event.

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