President and CEO
Aquarium of the Pacific
Dr. 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. He is Distinguished Service Professor emeritus. In 2005, an endowed
graduate fellowship program was created
in recognition of his contributions to the evolution of the university. Prior to 1994, Dr. Schubel was
an adjunct professor, research scientist and Associate Director of The Johns Hopkins University's
Chesapeake Bay Institute.
Schubel has worked throughout his professional life at the interfaces of science-managementpolicy
on issues dealing with the coastal ocean. He
has published more than 200 scientific papers and has written extensively for general audiences.
He chaired the National Sea Grant
Review Panel, the National Research Council’s Marine Board and has served on numerous NRC
committees. He is a former member of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and is a member of the
Science Advisory Panel for California’s Ocean Protection Council. He served on the Census of
Marine Life U.S. National Committee and the National Science Foundation’s Education and
Human Resources Advisory Committee. He is a former member of EPA’s Science Advisory
Board. NSF’s Committee on He chairs the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel
(ORRAP), the only Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) advising federal agencies with ocean
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 some of California’s
important, complex, and often controversial environmental issues.
Dr. Schubel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Alma College, Alma, Michigan; a Masters
degree from Harvard University; and a Ph.D. in oceanography from The Johns Hopkins University
in Baltimore, Maryland. He received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts Maritime
Academy in 1998, and in 2004 was selected as a National Associate of the National Academies
of Sciences and Engineering.