Ocean Optimism: Yes there are success stories, how to create more and at scale?


I’ve spent more than a decade promoting the idea that ocean problems are huge but not insuperable. The initial inspiration came from graduate students in a program we likened to medical school for the ocean – if medical students focus on cures, why were our students spending so much time on ocean obituaries? There’s now been a marked shift in focus from doom and gloom to solutions, and the number of success stories continues to climb. But we need more, bigger and faster solutions. I’ll use a few examples to explore what might be needed to get there.



Nancy Knowlton

Sant Chair for Marine Science Emerita, Smithsonian Institution
Member, US National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Nancy Knowlton is a coral reef biologist who has spent much of her career with the Smithsonian, first at the Tropical Research Institute in Panama and then at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. She was also a professor at Yale and the founding director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is the author of Citizens of the Sea and former Editor-in-Chief of the Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal. She also helped launch #OceanOptimism, the Earth Optimism Summits, and Ocean Visions. You can follow her on Twitter at @SeaCitizens.

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  • Friday, February 5, 2021
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Atlanta, GA
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