Professor / Marine Scientist / national geographic explorer
David Gruber's research focus for the past several years has been on cracking the secret "language" of bioluminescent marine animals. Gruber's research group at City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History has deciphered the genome of scores of new fluorescent proteins, which are being developed as tools to aid in medical research and illuminate biological processes.
Gruber is currently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University designing submersibles and other technologies to revolutionize ocean exploration and push the boundaries of our understanding of life in the deep sea.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS, Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace ENGINEERING Sciences, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO Boulder
An expert in science and manufacture of high-performance aerospace structural, electronic, and composite materials, Jean Koster has spent the last 20 years leading teams of engineering students on various systems projects. In 2013, he developed a specialized sensor for drone systems to help rangers in Africa fight poaching of rhinos and elephants. The international project included students from the University of Colorado, the University of Pretoria, the University of Stuttgart, and the Metropolia University of Applied Science in Helsinki.
Author/ Journalist/ Ocean Conservationist
James Nestor is an Emmy-nominated author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, The New York Times, and more. His book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science and What The Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was released in the United States and UK in June 2014. DEEP was a BBC Book of the Week, a Finalist for the PEN American Center Best Sports Book of the Year, an Amazon Best Science Book of 2014, and has been translated into seven languages. More at mrjamesnestor.com.