MBL Friday Evening Lecture – "The Future of Ocean Conservation," Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 8:00pm
Lillie Auditorium 7 MBL Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

Amidst our climate crisis, the sixth mass extinction, and astronomical inequality, where does that leave ocean science and policy? Where should we focus our energies? How can we connect the dots? This talk, titled "The Future of Ocean Conservation," will explore the practicalities of ocean conservation—from zoning, to seafood, cities, the Green New Deal, coastal ecosystems, sea level rise, and culture—plus the social justice context within which all this work proceeds.

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist and founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a strategy consulting firm for conservation solutions. She is also an adjunct professor at New York University and a science scholar at Pioneer Works. As executive director of the Waitt Institute, Dr. Johnson co-founded the Blue Halo Initiative and led the Caribbean’s first successful island-wide ocean zoning effort. Previously, she worked on ocean policy at the EPA and NOAA, and was a leader of the March for Science. Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. from Harvard University in environmental Science and Public Policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology.


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