Ryan Dolan joined The Pew Charitable Trusts' global penguin conservation campaign in 2013. His work focuses on advocating for marine protected areas and fully protected marine reserves in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica.
Before joining Pew, Dolan worked for the United Nations Population Fund in New York. He has a master of philosophy in environmental management from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a bachelor of arts in international affairs and Germanic studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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The coast of Antarctica is a breathtaking kaleidoscope of ever-shifting light and colors. In the twilight of the austral winter, for a few hours every day, the sea ice turns a fiery orange as shadow puppets trace the cracks across slow-moving waves. Snow-covered peaks turn from dark blue to fluorescent pink during the sun’s fleeting appearances above the horizon. Penguins pop in and... Read More
In November, just weeks after world leaders reached a consensus to create the world’s largest marine protected area in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit to the region. Kerry, an advocate for climate change research and marine conservation, is the most senior U.S. government official ever to visit Antarctica. Read More
More research is needed to understand how climate change and commercial fishing are affecting Antarctic krill populations and, ideally, to drive policies that might mitigate these impacts. Read More