Carl Safina explores how the ocean is changing, and what those changes mean for wildlife and for people. His writing conveys the scientific dimensions as well as moral and social implications of our relationship with nature.
His earlier work focused on seabird ecology, then on policy. In the 1990s he helped lead campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, re-write U. S. federal fisheries law, work toward international conservation of tunas, sharks, and other fishes, and achieve passage of a United Nations global fisheries treaty.
Safina, whose PhD in ecology is from Rutgers University, is author of six books, and more than a hundred scientific and popular publications on ecology and oceans, including featured work in National Geographic and The New York Times, and a new Foreword to Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us.
His first book, Song for the Blue Ocean, was chosen a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction selection, and a Library Journal Best Science Book selection; it won him the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction.
His second book, Eye of the Albatross, won the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing and was chosen by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine as the year’s best book for communicating science. Safina is also author of Voyage of the Turtle, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue, a children’s chapter book, and The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, also a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Due out on April 19, 2011 is Safina’s latest book, A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. And beginning in April of this year, his new PBS television series, Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina, began airing.
He has been profiled on Nightline and twice in the New York Times; named among “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century” by Audubon Magazine; and featured on the Bill Moyers PBS special “Earth on Edge.”
He has honorary doctorates from Long Island University and the State University of New York. Safina is an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University‘s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and also teaches in SBU’s Center for Communicating Science.
Safina is a MacArthur Fellow, has been an elected member of The Explorers Club and a World Wildlife Fund Senior Fellow, is a recipient of the Pew Scholar’s Award in Conservation and the Environment, and a recipient of Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo’s Rabb Medal, among other honors.