President, The Safina Center; Professor, Stony Brook University; Author, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
Carl Safina is founding president of the Safina Center and inaugural holder of the Endowed Chair for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University. He hosted the PBS series “Saving the Ocean” and worked to ban high-seas drift nets and overhaul US fishing policy. Safina’s seven books include Song for the Blue Ocean and Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel; his writing appears in The New York Times, Audubon, National Geographic online, and elsewhere. Safina’s writing about the living world has earned a MacArthur “genius” grant; Pew and Guggenheim fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals.