Meet Oceanographer Scott Cassell

by Jon Niebling on February 20, 2009

Oceanographer to speak at Napa Valley College

Oceanographer Scott Cassell will share his plans to a deep ocean transect around the world in a presentation at Napa Valley College. The talk, “27,000 Miles Beneath the Sea,” will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in Rm. 838. Sponsored by the Science, Mathematics and Engineering Division and GIS Department, it is free and open to the public.

Cassell has done documentaries on the Discovery Channel, History Channel and others. He is a noted authority on the giant Humboldt squid.

In his Underwater Journal article ( Cassell notes that we are a water planet. “And the truth is, the oceans of our earth are not well, which means that we are also not well,” he says.

He will describe his Undersea Voyager Project, a five-year mission to use human-occupied submersibles to complete a 27,000 miles underwater exploration to search for new life and assess the current conditions of the sea.

The effort’s other goal, he says, it to provide the next generation with real-life heroes and role models and to interest youth in science and exploration. Cassell’s own fascination with the sea, he says, started when he was 6-years-old and saw the Jules Verne classic film “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

The Undersea Voyager Project made its debut in December at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and will start in-water this spring.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Richard Della Valle or
Peri Best


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie February 25, 2009 at 3:51 PM

I will be there!! Thanks for posting this David!

Ray Pettigrew February 28, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Very cool presentation. All who attended enjoyed it.

David Topper February 28, 2009 at 12:03 PM

After listening to this presentation, I’ll do my part by eating as much calamari as possible. I learned more about squid (the giant Humboldt squid) than I imagined I would and appreciate the work that Scott is performing.

Terry March 2, 2009 at 8:54 PM

This was cool. If you missed it…WOW…

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