Jesse Ausubel, director of the Program for the Human Environment at the Rockefeller University in New York city, will deliver a lecture at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Tuesday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Ausubel’s talk will be featured as the summer 2014 lecture in Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation’s new public speaking program. The lecture is titled Meat and Potatoes and the American Landscape. Mr. Ausubel is a seasonal resident of Oak Bluffs.

Mr. Ausubel spent the first decade of his career in Washington, D.C., working for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He was one of the main organizers of the first United Nations World Climate Conference in Geneva in 1979. He also coordinated and authored much of the 1983 NAS report Changing Climate, the first comprehensive review of the greenhouse effect.

Since 1989 Mr. Ausubel has served on the faculty of the Rockefeller University, where he leads a research program to elaborate the technical vision of a large, prosperous society that emits little or nothing harmful and spares large amounts of land and sea for nature.

Mr. Ausubel has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution since 1990. In 2010 a newly discovered species of lobster, Dinochelus ausubeli, was named in his honor.

All are welcome to attend Mr. Ausubel’s lecture on Tuesday, July 8. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m., and a reception in the Baylies Room will follow. The lecture is free and is presented as part of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation’s new education program.