Authors and Contributors

Dr. Carl Safina - Essayist

Dr. Carl Safina

Dr. Carl Safina is co-founder and president of Blue Ocean Institute, an international nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in East Norwich, New York. Safina is author of more than 100 articles and three books, including the award-winning Song for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross, and most recently, Voyage of the Turtle.

Safina grew up loving the ocean and its creatures. His childhood by the sea led him into scientific studies of seabirds and fish—and eventually to his doctorate in ecology from Rutgers University. During his research and while fishing recreationally and commercially, he noticed rapid declines in marlin, sharks, tuna, other fish, and sea turtles. This inspired him to push ocean conservation issues into the wildlife conservation mainstream and advocate for the restoration of abundant life in the oceans. He has helped lead campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets; rewrite and reform federal fisheries law in the United States; use international agreements toward the restoration of depleted populations of tuna, sharks, and other fish; and achieve passage of a United Nations global fisheries treaty. In 1990 he founded the Living Oceans Program at the National Audubon Society and served for the following decade as vice president for ocean conservation. In 2003, he and Mercédès Lee created Blue Ocean Institute.

Safina’s conservation work has been profiled in the New York Times, on Nightline, and in the Bill Moyers television special "Earth on Edge." Safina is a recipient of the Pew Scholars Award in Conservation and Environment, a World Wildlife Fund Senior Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal for literature, and a MacArthur Prize, among others.

Dr. Safina is an essayist for Salmon in the Trees: Life in the Tongass Rainforest (Braided River, 2010). For more on his work, visit For more on the Blue Ocean Institute, visit