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Carl Safina

Carl Safina

Class of 1977
Environmental Science

Carl Safina '77 (environmental science) is founding president of the not-for-profit Blue Ocean Institute and holds appointments as an adjunct and a visiting professor in marine science and in journalism, respectively, at Stony Brook University. From 1990 to 2003 he served as vice president for ocean conservation at National Audubon Society. Carl has driven many successful conservation efforts, including a ban on high-seas driftnets and an overhaul of federal fisheries law. In 1995 he helped pass a new UN fisheries treaty. The U.S. Congress incorporated his ideas on recovery mandates into the Sustainable Fisheries Act in 1996.

Carl has written six books: Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas (1999); Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival (2002); Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur (2007); Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue (2010); The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World (2011); and A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout (2011). His new TV series, Saving the Ocean, premiered on PBS in April 2011.

Carl is a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Pew Fellow, and a recipient of the Lannan Award For Literature, the Chicago's Brookfield Zoo's Rabb Medal, and a Rutgers University distinguished alumnus award, among other honors. Carl has received honorary doctorates from the State University of New York and Long Island University. Safina has been profiled on Nightline and by the New York Times, named by Audubon magazine among "100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century," and interviewed by Bill Moyers.

Carl's M.S. ('81) and Ph.D. ('87) degrees were earned at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Carl lives in on Long Island with Patricia Paladines and her daughter Alexandra and their various pets. He enjoys fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, clamming, kayaking and bird watching.