ART JUROR:  Diana Moore

Diana is the Curator of the Marie L. Matthews Gallery of D&R Greenway Land Trust, an environmental, mission-based fine art gallery in Princeton, NJ. The organization’s focus on preserving land and waterways has inspired exhibitions that educate the public about oceans as bellwethers of our ecological health. The sea plays a critical role in contemporary work that combines art, science, and activism to evoke environmental disaster in a way that only artists can. Diana received a BA in Medieval Art from Princeton University where she was a Stanley J. Seeger fellow in Hellenic Studies and holds a Masters in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is also a bioartist working at the intersection of art and bioethics, particularly focused on conservation biology and biotechnology.

SCIENCE JUROR:  John J. Stegeman 

With degrees in biology and biochemistry, Dr. Stegeman moved from the heartland (Illinois and Minnesota) to Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In 1972, John embarked on his first oceanographic research cruise, 18 days at sea during which he saw in life the fascinating form of deep-sea animals he had seen only in textbooks. He blended his newly found fascination with the sea together with his love of biochemistry and has been doing research on the biochemistry and toxicology of ocean animals ever since. Today he is Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Director of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health. The Center explores the biology of toxin-producing algae and how the toxins affect developing nervous systems. In his lab Dr. Stegeman also continues studies on the biochemistry of how various other chemicals affect animals, to understand chemical influences of the health of the global ocean. He sees the blending of form and function in biology and in biochemistry as endlessly fascinating and beautiful.