Ellen Pikitch, PhD

Professor of Ocean Conservation Science; Executive Director Institute for Ocean Conservation Science Stony Brook University

Currently an Endowed Professor of Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, Dr. Pikitch has over 25 years of experience in marine conservation research, teaching, and policy, and she has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as fisheries management, ecosystem health, species vulnerability, and marine protected areas. She has received several awards and honors for her work, including the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, the Sette Award (Outstanding Marine Biologist) of the American Fisheries Society, and she’s an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The Explorers Club.

Dr. Pikitch is passionate about advancing the scientific understanding and public awareness of the ocean’s biodiversity and its role in sustaining life on Earth, having founded and directed the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and the Marine Conservation Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she has worked with diverse stakeholders and partners to develop and implement innovative solutions for ocean conservation.
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