Dr. Ellen K. Pikitch, Director of the WCS Marine Conservation Program
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Dr. Pikitch will serve as the WCS representative in the WildlifeSAIL project. Her distinguished record in marine science and conservation is an inspiration to all project participants. Dr. Pikitch's involvement is instrumental in telling the WildlifeSAIL story, as the sailors intend to visit many of her WCS field projects. Her office at the WCS headquarters in New York City will act as the WildlifeSAIL home base and coordination center. Interviews with Dr. Pikitch will be featured throughout the WildlifeSAIL journey. The project intends to also have Dr. Pikitch join the sailors in the field in order to profit from her extraordinary wealth of experience.
Dr. Pikitch currently directs a global marine conservation program that emphasizes the development of the scientific capacity to study and manage marine ecosystems in developing countries. With Dr. Pikitch's guidance, WCS's Marine Program is active in 18 countries around the world, running field-based marine science projects that develop innovative, science-based solutions to marine conservation challenges.
- WCS Director of Marine Conservation Programs, 1998-present
- WCS Senior Research Scientist, 1996-present
- WCS Director of Fisheries Programs, 1996-present
- Columbia University, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, New York, NY
- Professor (Adjunct), 1999-present
- Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, 2000
- Presidential Ocean Exploration Panel, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2000
- United States Advisory Committee to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), U.S. Department of Commerce, 2000-2002
- Director, Fisheries Research Institute, 1992-1996
- Associate Director of Research, School of Fisheries, 1992-1996
- Associate Professor, University of Washington, 1990-1996
- Assistant Professor, University of Washington, 1987-1990
- National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council. Committee on Porpoise Mortality from Tuna Fishing, 1989-1992
- Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Newport, OR, 1983-1987
Dr. Pikitch assumes a leadership role in broadening the reach of marine scientific information by promoting the transfer of vital scientific research knowledge among scientists, policy makers, and the general public. In a recent example, Dr. Pikitch is serving as a principal organizer of the Caviar Emptor Initiative, an effort to promote the recovery of sturgeon and increase consumer awareness of the depletion and extinction crisis facing sturgeon and other fish. This highly successful initiative is translating complex scientific information into a clearly articulated set of policy goals and consumer actions.
Dr. Pikitch serves the marine science and general scientific community through membership or chairmanship of a number of national and international panels. She acted as Chairman of the New England Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee and has served on the SSC of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. She has served on the United States delegation of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), as well as its scientific body, the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS). She currently serves on the United States ICCAT Advisory Committee. In 1998, she served on a National Academy of Science review panel of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fishery and also served on the New England Overfishing Definition Review Panel. In 2000, President Clinton appointed her to membership on his Ocean Exploration Panel.