All Star 2 Family Conference Ocean Exploration: Our complex history and uncertain future with some of the most remote places on Earth

July 11, 2021 to July 17, 2021

Ocean Exploration: Our complex history and uncertain future with some of the most remote places on Earth

As the U.N. begins its Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, Dr. Erik Cordes will be speaking about some of the pressing issues in our oceans. How much is left to be explored? What does “Sustainable Development” of the ocean really mean? Considering that most of the human population that relies on the oceans is in less-well developed nations, how can we ensure that their voices are heard?

Dr. Erik Cordes has worked on the ecology of the deep sea for over 25 years, and spent a year-and-a-half on over 30 research cruises and has made 46 dives in manned submersibles. He is a self-described ocean explorer whose research is focused on deep-sea coral reefs, natural hydrocarbon seeps, and hydrothermal vents and has led expeditions to the east coast of the U.S., the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in the central Pacific. Dr. Cordes worked on the damage assessment after the Deepwater Horizon, advises multiple U.S. Fishery Management Councils, is among the Pool of Experts for the U.N. World Ocean Assessment, an Expert Reviewer for the IPCC Report, the Chair of the Offshore Energy Working Group of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative, and recently completed nine years on the Board of Directors of the Star Island Corporation.

Program Speaker

Dr. Erik Cordes is a Full Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Biology at Temple University. He received his M.S. from Moss Landing Marine Labs, his Ph.D. from Penn State University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. Some of his recent work can be found here:

Minister of the Week

Rev. Anne Mason, Senior Minister, First Parish UU, Lexington, MA

Boat Times

Depart Portsmouth: July 11, 2:25 pm

Depart Star: July 17, 9:20 am

Room & Board

AS2 Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $1,041 $1,416 $1,282 $1,881


AS2 0-5 years old 6-11 12-17
Youth Rates Free $482 $689

Program Fee

$115/adult (18+), $100/youth with financial aid available through the Ginny Levine Fund


Contact Registrar Brooke Cordes