The Global Ocean in the Anthropocene
Dr. Tom Malone
We are currently in what some like to call the “The Anthropocene”, an age in which human expansion has been the primary cause of changes in our atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Given the fact that the oceans contain 97% of Earth’s water, 90% of Earth’s habitable space, and 91% of Earth’s biologically active carbon, changes in the ocean’s hydrosphere and biosphere are and will impact the capacity of our Earth to support life as we know it.
The Anthropocene can be characterized in terms of two spatial scales and associated time lines, one in which the effects of human expansion are local but are occurring globally and one in which the effects of human expansion are global but differ in terms of their local consequences. Here I explore the synergy between these two expressions of human expansion in terms of their impacts on capacity of ocean ecosystems to support living resources and what we must do to anticipate, mitigate and adapt to these changes.
Dr. Thomas Malone
I received a B.A in zoology at The Colorado College in 1965, M.S. in oceanography at the University of Hawaii in 1967, and a Ph.D. in biological oceanography at Stanford University in 1971. My professional background includes serving as an Assistant Professor at the City College of New York, Senior Research Associate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), Director of the Horn Point Laboratory of UMCES, and Director of the Interagency Ocean.US Office for Sustained and Integrated Ocean Observations. I am currently Professor Emeritus at UMCES.
National and international service include serving as the President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Chair of the UN’s Coastal Ocean Observations Panel, Co-Chair of the Luso-American Foundation’s panel on Ocean Policy and Observations, and external reviewer of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System.
I have authored more than 100 peer reviewed publications on subjects ranging from phytoplankton ecology and coastal eutrophication to ocean policy and integrated coastal ocean observing systems.
In 2002, I received the University of Maryland Reagent’s award for outstanding public service and in 2003, Colorado College’s Benezet award for outstanding achievement in one’s chosen field.