CEO and President
The Aquarium of the Pacific
Dr. Jerry R. Schubel has been president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2002. He is president and CEO Emeritus of the New England Aquarium, and from 1974‒1994 was Dean of Stony Brook University's Marine Sciences Research Center. For three of those years he served as the University's provost and is Distinguished Service Professor emeritus. Prior to 1974, Schubel was an adjunct professor, research scientist and associate director of The Johns Hopkins University's Chesapeake Bay Institute. Schubel holds a PhD in oceanography from Johns Hopkins University. He received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1998.
He has worked throughout his professional life at the interfaces of science management policy on issues dealing with the ocean with an emphasis on the coastal ocean. Schubel has published more than 225 scientific papers and has written extensively for general audiences. He is a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board and the Science Advisory Panel for California's Ocean Protection Council. He chaired the National Sea Grant Review Panel; the NRC's Marine Board; and the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel. He is a former member of EPA's Science Advisory Board, the Census of Marine Life US National Committee and the National Science Foundation's Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee. Most recently he chaired the committee on Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century for the National Research Council.
At the Aquarium of the Pacific, he created the Aquatic Forum that brings together scientists, policy makers and stakeholders to explore alternative ways of dealing with important environmental issues facing the nation. He also directs the Aquarium's Marine Conservation Research Institute.