Crustacean Fascination Reaches UM’s Rosenstiel School

Acclaimed Author and “Iron Chef America” Judge Trevor Corson to Speak on February 17

Trevor Corson

Virginia Key, Fla. — February 8, 2010 — Trevor Corson, whose bestseller The Secret Life of Lobsters was named a ‘Best Nature Book of the Year’ by USA Today and Discover magazine, will be the second speaker in this year’s Sea Secrets lecture series on Wednesday, February 17. Corson spent two years working as a commercial lobster fisherman in Maine before chasing a team of renegade lobster scientists around New England for a year to write his book. He will speak at 6 p.m. in the Rosenstiel School Auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway on Virginia Key (next to the Miami Seaquarium), his books will be available for sale after the lecture. 

He will share his insights into the hilarious undersea antics of lobsters, the rugged lives of the fishermen who catch them, and a rare conservation success story where fishermen and scientists collaborated to protect this important resource in an age of vanishing seafood.

Corson’s second book, The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice was Selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review; it also won “Best American Food Literature Book” of 2007 in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and was selected as a Best Food Book of the Year by Zagat. The success of the book led him in an unexpected direction as he became the only “Sushi Concierge” in the United States—a role that he continues to fill with regular events and dinners in several cities—and as guest judge on Food Network TV’s hit show Iron Chef America.

On his way to becoming a bestselling author, Corson spent two years studying philosophy in China, three years in Japan living in temples and studying Buddhism.  He has written about religion, foreign affairs, and a wide variety of other topics for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Atlantic Monthly. He is also a co-author of the Blue Ocean Institute’s guide Ocean-Friendly Sushi and has been nominated for a 2010 “Seafood Champion” award from the Seafood Choices Alliance for his focus on sustainable ocean harvesting.

UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and the Ocean Research and Education Foundation host the Sea Secrets lecture series.  The events are free and open to the public, and are designed to provide insight and information about the oceans that cover two-thirds of our planet, and much of which, are still an enigma. Sea Secrets is sponsored by The Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation, The Charles N. and Eleanor Knight Leigh Foundation and Southern Wine & Spirits. Lectures are preceded by a reception at 5:30p.m.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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