Judge Profile

Carl Safina

President, Blue Ocean Institute

Dr. Carl Safina is president of the non-profit Blue Ocean Institute, adjunct professor at Stony Brook University, and the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim fellowships. Dr. Safina co-founded Blue Ocean Institute in 2003. He now works mainly to help highlight and explain how the ocean is changing and what that means for wildlife and for people. Dr. Safina lectures extensively in the United States and is an award winning author of over one hundred publications. His books include Song for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross, Voyage of the Turtle, Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue, The View From Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, and A Sea in Flames. He is also host of the TV series Saving the Ocean. Dr. Safina’s conservation work has been profiled in the New York Times, on Nightline, and in the Bill Moyers television special “Earth on Edge.” He is a recipient of the Pew Scholar's Award in Conservation and the Environment, the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal for literature, the National Academies Communications Award, Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo’s Rabb Medal, and a MacArthur Prize. Safina is an adjunct professor at SUNY’s Stony Brook University.