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Dr. Enric Sala      

Marine Ecologist & Explorer-In-Residence at National Geographic Society

Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic explorer-in-residence. He is dedicated to restoring the health and productivity of our planet's oceans, and his more than 120 scientific publications are widely recognized and used for real-world conservation efforts such as the creation of marine reserves. Sala is currently working to help protect the world's last pristine marine ecosystems and to develop new business models for marine conservation. He is the founder and leader of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped create 12 marine reserves—including some of the largest on the planet—that protect more than 3 million square kilometers of ocean.

In 1996, Sala earned his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Aix-Marseille, France. Since then, he has received many awards and honors. He was named a 2008 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, received a 2013 Research Award from the Spanish Geographical Society, and was granted a 2013 Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club and a 2013 Hero Award from the Environmental Media Association. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and his experience and scientific expertise contributes to his service on advisory boards of international organizations and governments.

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