Marisa Anne Bass is Professor in the History of Art Department at Yale University and an Affiliate of Yale’s Program in the History of Science and Medicine. Her research focuses on intersections between art and intellectual culture in early modern northern Europe, including topics such as the history of natural history, representations of the body, and iconoclasm. Her co-authored book Conchophilia: Shells, Art, and Curiosity in Early Modern Europe was published in 2021 with Princeton University Press. She is the author of two prior monographs with Princeton as well: Jan Gossart and the Invention of Netherlandish Antiquity (2016) and Insect Artifice: Nature and Art in the Dutch Revolt (2019), winner of the 2020 Bainton Prize from the Sixteenth Century Society for the best book in art and music history. She has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and was most recently named the 2021 inaugural Guggenheim Fellow in Early Modern Studies. Her latest book The Monument’s End: Public Art and the Modern Republic is forthcoming with Princeton in 2023.


Patricia Glibert is a Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), Horn Point Laboratory.  She is an oceanographer whose work has centered around questions related to nutrient dynamics and phytoplankton physiology and ecology. Her current work is focused on the linkages between nutrient over-enrichment and harmful algal blooms (HAB). Dr. Glibert has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, and is currently completing a textbook on phytoplankton ecology which will go to press in early 2023.  Dr. Glibert received her B.A. from Skidmore College, M.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire, and Ph.D. in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University.  She was a Postdoctoral Scholar and an Assistant Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution prior to moving to Maryland. Dr. Glibert received an honorary doctorate for her work on algae from Linnaeus University, Sweden, in 2011, and she is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Sustaining Fellow of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). Dr. Glibert is also the incoming President of ASLO (July 2022).


Ximing Guo received his Bachelor’s degree from Shandong College of Oceanography (now Ocean University of China) and his Ph.D. from University of Washington (Seattle). He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, where he directs the Shellfish Genetics and Breeding Program. Professor Guo has been studying genetics and breeding of marine molluscs for over 30 years. He and his team published over 180 peer-reviewed articles on molluscan aquaculture, genetics and genomics. Professor Guo is the primary inventor of tetraploid oysters that transformed triploid production for oyster culture worldwide. Professor Guo was the Co-Director of the International Oyster Genome Project that sequenced the genome of Pacific oyster. He is currently leading the Eastern Oyster Breeding Consortium’s effort in developing tools for genomic selection. Professor Guo serves on editorial boards of several academic journals. He is the recipient of “Board of Trustees Award for Scholarly Excellence” from Rutgers, “Chair of Excellence” award from University of Caen of France, “Inventor of the Year” award from New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, and “Honored Life Member Award” from the National Shellfisheries Association.

Vic Kennedy is an Emeritus Professor in the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. He worked for 38 years at Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, performing ecological research in Chesapeake Bay and teaching graduate students before retiring recently and joining the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons. His recent research interests involve the  environmental history of Chesapeake Bay.  He has published numerous scientific papers on shellfish biology and ecology in peer-reviewed journals as well as chapters in books and proceedings, was Editor of the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society for five years, and has edited or co-edited eight technical books. He wrote Shifting Baselines in the Chesapeake Bay, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018. As to shellfisheries, he co-edited a book on eastern oysters and another on blue crabs and is currently co-editing a book on the soft-shell clam. He is a Past President of the National Shellfisheries Association and is an Honored Life Member.