Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy


Science Advisory Board

The Science Advisory Board for the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project is composed of 9 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; 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, senior scientist, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
  • Miriam Fernández, professor, department of ecology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Douglas McCauley, associate professor, department of ecology, evolution, and marine biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Daniel Pauly, University Killam professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and department of zoology, University of British Columbia
  • Ellen K. Pikitch, endowed professor of Ocean Conservation Science, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University
  • Bob Richmond, professor, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaii, Manoa; director, University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory
  • Callum Roberts, professor, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter
  • Rashid Sumaila, University Killam professor, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia
  • Boris Worm, professor, biology department, Dalhousie University

The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project

The Pew Charitable Trusts and Dona Bertarelli created the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, with the shared goal of establishing the first generation of ecologically significant, large, and effective marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world. Today, the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project also seeks to connect MPAs and help conserve key migratory species and entire marine ecosystems. These efforts build on more than a decade of work by Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation, led by Dona Bertarelli, to create large-scale highly or fully protected MPAs. Between them, they have helped to obtain designations or commitments to safeguard nearly 12.6 million square kilometers (4.8 million square miles) of ocean by working with communities, local leaders, philanthropic partners, Indigenous groups, government officials, and scientists. Dona Bertarelli is a philanthropist, investor, sportswoman, and strong advocate for ocean conservation. The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems, including the need for effective marine conservation. Learn more at