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Dr. Elliott Norse, Marine Conservation Biology Institute

Elliott Norse Profile

Dr. Elliott Norse

Elliott A. Norse is President of Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI) in Bellevue, Washington. After deciding to become an “ichthyologist” at the age of 5 and learning to snorkel at 8, he earned his B.S. with honors in biology, geology and music from Brooklyn College in 1969. He took his first photographs while studying the ecology of blue crabs in the Caribbean and Tropical East Pacific for his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Iowa. Since 1978 he’s worked on environmental policy at the US Environmental Protection Agency, at the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (where he defined biological diversity as conservation’s overarching goal), Ecological Society of America, The Wilderness Society and The Ocean Conservancy, before founding MCBI in 1996. MCBI is a national and international science and conservation advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the new science of marine conservation biology and ecosystem-based management issues including ocean zoning, marine reserves, destructive fishing methods and other ways to protect, recover and sustainably use the sea. Elliott’s 140+ publications include four books: Conserving Biological Diversity in Our National Forests (1986), Ancient Forests of the Pacific Northwest (1990), Global Marine Biological Diversity: A Strategy for Building Conservation into Decision Making (1993) and Marine Conservation Biology: The Science of Maintaining the Sea’s Biodiversity (2005). He is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and recipient of the Evergreen Award for service to the State of Washington, but misses seeing the oceans he works to save.