The Science Advisory Board for the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project is composed of 10 esteemed scientists with expertise in marine biology and fisheries disciplines. The board was created to bring together top voices in the field of ocean science and marine conservation to inform and guide the work of the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. Working in collaboration with Ocean Legacy staff and partners, the advisory board seeks to bring attention to the science that demonstrates the many benefits that large, fully protected marine reserves provide, including their ability to promote healthier and more resilient oceans.

The board members are Philippe Cury, Ph.D.; Miriam Fernández, Ph.D; Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D.; Douglas McCauley, Ph.D.; Daniel Pauly, Ph.D.; Ellen K. Pikitch, Ph.D.; Bob Richmond, Ph.D.; Callum Roberts, Ph.D.; Rashid Sumaila, Ph.D.; and Boris Worm, Ph.D.

Each of these experts brings extensive knowledge to help guide Ocean Legacy in protecting the last near-pristine ocean waters on Earth. They do this by identifying critical science questions and research needs, developing the rationale for new protected areas, advising us on strategy, and helping advocate for the creation of the next generation of great marine parks.

Ocean Legacy uses rigorous and verified scientific findings as the framework for its efforts to establish large-scale, fully protected marine reserves. Before pursuing the designation of a new site, Ocean Legacy commissions studies on the biodiversity of the region, including fish species, seabirds, marine mammals, coral health, and threats to the ecosystem. 

Please click the links below for more details about each member of Ocean Legacy’s Science Advisory Board:

  • Philippe Cury, director, Centre de Recherche Halieutique Méditerranéenne et Tropicale, Sète, France; member, International Advisory Council, University of British Columbia
  • Miriam Fernández, professor, department of ecology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Jane Lubchenco, university distinguished professor, department of integrative biology, Oregon State University; former undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Douglas McCauley, assistant professor, department of ecology, evolution, and marine biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Daniel Pauly, professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and department of zoology, University of British Columbia; principal investigator, Sea Around Us
  • Ellen K. Pikitch, endowed professor of Ocean Conservation Science, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University; executive director, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science
  • Bob Richmond, professor, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaii, Manoa; director, University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory
  • Callum Roberts, professor, environment department, University of York
  • Rashid Sumaila, director and professor, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia; associated faculty, Sea Around Us
  • Boris Worm, professor, biology department, Dalhousie University

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Bertarelli Foundation joined forces in 2017 to create the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. This effort builds on a decade of work by Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy initiative, which helped obtain commitments to safeguard more than 6.3 million square kilometers (2.4 million square miles) of ocean by working with philanthropic partners, indigenous groups, community leaders, government officials, and scientists.