2010 Science and Society Lecture: Ocean conservationist Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols


Location: Jordan Hall of Science

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

J. Nichols is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences and is the chief force behind The Ocean Revolution, a program that inspires, involves and mentors the next generation of ocean conservation leaders. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Scientific American, TIME, CNN, and Newsweek, and was seen in Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary, The 11th Hour. Nichols was one of nine “eco-all-stars” cited in the March 2008 issue of Outside magazine, and has also appeared on the covers of Good Times and Experience Life Magazine.

Dr. Nichols is the author of more than fifty scientific papers, book chapters, and popular articles. In addition, he was a scientific adviser and writer for the children’s book, Chelonia: Return of the Sea Turtle, and co-authored the screenplay Adelita’s Journey based on the true story of one loggerhead sea turtle’s epic twenty-four thousand kilometer migration from Japan to Mexico and back again.

He serves as a board member for several ocean protection organizations, including Animal Alliance, Coastwalk, Drylands Institute, Oceana and Reef Protection International. The scientist also has roles with universities and organizations that are working to advance ocean protection, including ProPeninsula, Duke University, Blue Ocean Institute and the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group.

J. will be speaking on being a scientist-journalist. This event is presented by the Biological Graduate Student Organization.