Carl Safina Endowed Research Chair for Nature and Humanity
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Marine vertebrates, fisheries policy, and raising awareness of ocean change
As people change the world, Carl Safina’s work reveals how the future of living nature and the durability of human dignity are increasingly intertwined. His work probes the science as well as the ethics of our moment with nature.
Safina’s childhood by the shore launched a life-long passion, lending a distinct ocean flavor to much of his work. He has studied nature as a scientist, stood for it as an advocate, and conveyed his travels among sea creatures and coastal people in lyrical non-fiction writing.
Studies of seabirds and fishes led to his PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University. Witnessing rapid declines in sea turtles, sharks, tunas, and many other ocean creatures, he realized that a “last buffalo hunt” was underway in the sea.
Responding, Safina helped lead campaigns to ban driftnets, overhaul fisheries law, achieve a United Nations fisheries treaty, and reduce seabird and sea turtle drowning on commercial fishing lines. Along the way, his writings made him a leading voice on humanity’s relationship with nature.
Safina is author of 6 books and roughly 200 scientific and popular publications, including features in The New York Times, and National Geographic and a new Foreword to Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us.
His first book, Song for the Blue Ocean, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Eye of the Albatross won the John Burroughs Medal and the National Academies’ Science Communication Award for year’s Best Book.
Voyage of the Turtle was a N.Y. Times Editors’ Choice. So was The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, which won the 2012 Orion Award.
Nina Delmar and The Great Whale Rescue is his children’s book. In A Sea in Flames Safina chronicled the 2010 Gulf oil blowout.
Carl Safina has been profiled in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and on Nightline; and he has been featured on PBS television; National Public Radio; Democracy Now; Bill Moyers’ special Earth on Edge; Martha Stewart; and not least: The Colbert Report.
Safina is founding president of Blue Ocean Institute at Stony Brook University, where he also co-chairs the University’s Center for Communicating Science.
Audubon magazine named Carl Safina among its “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century.” In 2011, Utne Reader listed him among “25 Visionaries Changing the World.” Among other laurels, he has won a Pew fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Burroughs Medal, the Rabb Medal from Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, the James Beard medal, the Lannan Literary Award, two honorary doctorates, and a MacArthur “genius” Prize.
The SoMAS photo competition is an annual event where students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty and staff share their pictures with the SoMAS community and the general public. The Photo Competition will be divided into three categories with a single winner in each...
Photo above: The wildlife tank from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge From University Enjoys Great Relationship With Wildlife Refuge by Glenn Jochum on Stony Brook Matters, February 14, 2017 As every Biology 101 student knows, symbiosis is a mutually beneficial relationship...
EPISODE 3: "BEYOND WORDS - WHAT ANIMALS THINK AND FEEL"WITH CARL SAFINA, SPRING 2016 In this episode of "Coffee with Hx2," Dr. Heidi Hutner speaks with the author and ecologist,Carl Safina, about his most recent book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel (Henry...
When Margaret Conover asked the Sustainability Studies Program if we could quantify use-patterns in the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve, two Environment and Human Impact students enthusiastically said yes! With the help of Dr. Sharon Pochron, students Alexandra VanLoo and...
The SoMAS photo competition is intended to be an annual event where students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty and staff will get to share their pictures with the SoMAS community and the general public. There will be three winning photos every year, one for each...
via Stony Brook Happenings » Carl Safina Installed as Inaugural Safina Endowed Research Professor. Stony Brook University Professor Carl Safina, PhD, one of the nation’s most respected environmental writers, was formally installed as the inaugural holder of the Carl...
As part of a class assignment in Distilling Your Message, Professors Carl Safina and Christine O'Connell have students write a letter to the editor and send it in. The letter written by SoMAS Marine Conservation and Policy students Katie Flowers and Danica Warns was...
Dr. Carl Safina, an award-winning author who is working on his seventh book, met with Marine Conservation and Policy students in October to give career advice to up and coming students, and to share his story about how he got to where he is now. Safina, whose books...
Members of the SoMAS community in the news regarding Superstorm Sandy