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The incredible professionals on our advisory board share their knowledge and experience—in science, conservation, and policy—as part of their commitment to our mission. We are profoundly grateful for their support and for their dedication to helping youth rise up.
  • DR. REBECCA ALBRIGHT

    Dr. Rebecca Albright is Assistant Curator and McCosker Chair of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences. She is a coral reef biologist with expertise in ecology and biogeochemistry.…

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  • Dr. Zanette Johnson

    Dr. Zanette Johnson is Principal Consultant at Intrinsic Impact Consulting and Director of Learning at YŌL.  Zanette helps teams increase engagement, wellbeing and effectiveness as they bring their shared values…

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  • GENA BENTALL

    Gena Bentall has worked as a sea otter biologist since 2001.  She has studied sea otters in the Aleutian Islands and Russia’s Commander Islands, on San Nicolas Island off the…

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  • GERDA UCHARM

    Research biologist Gerda Ucharm started working with Coral Reef Research Foundation in Palau in 2009 on a marine lakes project. When she first started, she was a bit shocked by…

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  • DR. MARCUS ERIKSEN

    Dr. Marcus Eriksen is the co-founder of Leap Lab and the Research Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He has led expeditions around the world to research plastic…

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  • DR. SHAWN LARSON

    Dr. Shawn Larson is the Curator of Conservation Research at the Seattle Aquarium. She has been working at the Seattle Aquarium since 1995 where she currently conducts conservation research projects,…

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  • DR. PHILIP MCGILLIVARY

    As Science Liaison for Coast Guard PACAREA, Dr. Phil McGillivary coordinates science conducted using Coast Guard aircraft, buoytenders, and high latitude science conducted on Coast Guard icebreakers.  He previously worked…

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  • DR. LANCE MORGAN

    Dr. Lance Morgan is a marine biologist and president of Marine Conservation Institute. His research interests range from zoology to marine protected areas and he has studied taxa as diverse…

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  • DR. VASANTHA PADMANABHAN

    Dr. Vasantha Padmanabhan is professor in the Departments of pediatrics; Obstetrics &  Gynecology; Molecular & Integrative Physiology; and Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. Her research mainly centers…

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  • SHARON PATRIS

    Sharon Patris has been working in the multi-disciplinary marine lakes research for the last 13 years starting right after receiving her B.Sc. in Biology from Emmanuel College in Boston. She…

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  • PROFESSOR GRETTA PECL

    Professor Gretta Pecl is Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology and Professor of Climate Change Ecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.  Gretta’s research has a particular…

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  • MICHAEL REPPY

    Michael Reppy has over 25 years with Earth Island Institute and is presently with sub-project the International Marine Mammal Project.  Michael’s focus has been using ocean sailing and racing to…

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  • DR. CHELSEA ROCHMAN

    Dr. Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She has her PhD in ecology with emphases on marine…

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  • EDUARDO SALCEDO

    Eduardo Salcedo works as an Environmental Resource Project Supervisor for the Natural Areas Management Division of Miami Dade County, a division in charge of managing coastal and upland natural resources.…

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  • DR. MRIDULA SRINIVASAN

    Mridula Srinivasan completed her PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University where she investigated predation risk effects from killer whales and sharks on the behavioral ecology of…

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  • MICHAEL STOCKER

    Michael Stocker is the founding director of Ocean Conservation Research, a scientific research and policy development organization focused on understanding the impacts of, and finding technical and policy solutions to,…

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  • NATHALIE UDO

    Nathalie Udo, founder of InDepth Strategies, is a senior business strategy consultant with more than 20 years of international experience in leadership positions focusing on translating business strategy into execution,…

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  • DR. ERIKA WOOLSEY

    Dr. Erika Woolsey is a marine biologist and CEO of The Hydrous (www.thehydro.us), a nonprofit that translates scientific discovery into public understanding using frontier technologies. She has been exploring coral…

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  • DR. TESSA HILL

    Dr. Tessa Hill is a Professor at the University of California, Davis, in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. Tessa has a B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College…

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  • NATASHA BENJAMIN

    Natasha Benjamin has 20 years experience working in ocean conservation, science and policy. As the Policy and Outreach Director at Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) she works on development…

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