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    Todd Steiner (Executive Director)

    Todd Steiner is an ecologist and the founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network, an ocean advocacy and research NGO with offices in California, Texas and Hawaii.

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    Donna Howe (Board Chair)

    Donna Howe (Board Chair) is an environmental conservationist, community volunteer and avid scuba diver.

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    Brendan Cumming

    Brendan Cummings is Senior Counsel, Strategic Litigation Group Director and founder of the Ocean Program at the Center for Biological Diversity, where he has worked since 1988.

  • Barb Andrews

    Barbara D. Andrews

    Barbara D. Andrews is a passionate advocate for ocean conservation. She is the legal manager for the California Academy of Sciences.

  • Turtle Island Restoration Network Board Member Carole Allen

    Carole Allen

    Carole Allen is the founder and director of Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART) and manages Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Gulf Office.

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    Alex Hearn (Turtle Island Board Member)

    Dr. Alex Hearn joined Turtle Island as Director of Conservation Science in early 2013, and now serves on our Board of Directors.

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    Julie Owen Hanft

    Julie Hanft is an attorney (member of California and Florida bars), environmental educator, naturalist, and a resident of Marin County.

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    Deborah A. Sivas

    Deborah (Debbie) Sivas is a leading environmental litigator and director of the highly regarded Stanford Environmental Law Clinic who balances her practice of law with an MS in Ecology. In recognition of her work on behalf of the ...

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    Frank Paladino, Ph.D.

    Frank Paladino, Ph.D. is the Biology Department Chair and Professor at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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    Myra Finkelstein, Ph.D.

    Dr. Myra Finkelstein is a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow at the University of California Santa Cruz whose research focuses on human impacts on marine ecosystems.

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    Kerstin Forsberg

    Kerstin Forsberg is the Founder and Director of Planeta Océano, a growing marine conservation non-profit based in Lima, Peru.

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    Jonathan R. Green

    Jonathan R. Green is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London as well as a notable photographer.

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    Chris Harvey-Clark, Ph.D.

    Dr. Chris Harvey-Clark is currently the University Director of Animal Care at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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    Bob Hueter, Ph.D.

    Dr. Bob Hueter is currently the Associate Vice President of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL.

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    Wallace J. Nichols

    Wallace J. Nichols is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates and author nearly 100 publications on ocean ecology and co...

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    William Loftus, Ph.D.

    Dr. William Loftus is the President of Aquatic Research & Communication, LLC, which involves different institutions and agencies to restore fish communities via sampling techniques and communication of scientific issues with the p...

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    George Shillinger, Ph.D.

    Dr. George Shillinger is the Executive Director of the The Leatherback Trust. He has worked in environmental conservation since 1986

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    Boris Worm, Ph.D.

    Dr. Boris Worm is a Biology Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a Marine Research Ecologist whose lab includes students and postdoctoral fellows studying the causes, consequences of change, and conserv...

Board of Directors

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    Todd Steiner (Executive Director)

    October 6th, 2017

    Todd Steiner is an ecologist and the founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network, an ocean advocacy and research NGO with offices in California, Texas and Hawaii.

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    Donna Howe (Board Chair)

    July 19th, 2016

    Donna Howe (Board Chair) is an environmental conservationist, community volunteer and avid scuba diver.

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    Brendan Cumming

    July 18th, 2016

    Brendan Cummings is Senior Counsel, Strategic Litigation Group Director and founder of the Ocean Program at the Center for Biological Diversity, where he has worked since 1988.

  • Barb Andrews

    Barbara D. Andrews

    November 15th, 2013

    Barbara D. Andrews is a passionate advocate for ocean conservation. She is the legal manager for the California Academy of Sciences.

  • Turtle Island Restoration Network Board Member Carole Allen

    Carole Allen

    November 1st, 2013

    Carole Allen is the founder and director of Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART) and manages Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Gulf Office.

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    Alex Hearn (Turtle Island Board Member)

    August 1st, 2013

    Dr. Alex Hearn joined Turtle Island as Director of Conservation Science in early 2013, and now serves on our Board of Directors.

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    Julie Owen Hanft

    July 10th, 2013

    Julie Hanft is an attorney (member of California and Florida bars), environmental educator, naturalist, and a resident of Marin County.

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    Deborah A. Sivas

    June 1st, 2013

    Deborah (Debbie) Sivas is a leading environmental litigator and director of the highly regarded Stanford Environmental Law Clinic who balances her practice of law with an MS in Ecology. In recognition of her work on behalf of the environment, California Lawyer magazine named Professor Sivas one of its 2008 Attorneys of the Year. She lives with her family in Palo Alto, Calif.

Staff

Interns

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    Zach Finkelstein

    November 1st, 2017

    Zach is an intern with Turtle Island Restoration Network and is developing an app to calculate mercury consumption safety levels in seafood such as tuna.

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    Anna Sweeney

    October 12th, 2017

    Anna is the climate and redwoods intern working on our 10,000 Redwoods Project. She graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Science.

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    Kellie Warren

    October 12th, 2017

    Kellie Warren is an Environmental Advocacy intern and recent graduate, and she is very excited to be part of the Swordfish Boycott team.

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    Dylan Bedortha

    September 29th, 2017

    Dylan is an Environmental Advocacy Intern who is working on the boycott of unsustainably caught swordfish. He went to the University of Rhode Island and studied marine biology.

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    Shannon Matzke

    September 29th, 2017

    Shannon is working as SPAWN's native plant nursery technician. She is from Louisiana and received her B.S. in Coastal Environmental Science from Louisiana State University.

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    Tiffany Duong

    September 27th, 2017

    Tiffany is one of our new Environmental Advocacy Interns, focusing on the Swordfish Boycott and plastic bag ban.

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    William Bone (January – August 2014)

    December 1st, 2013

    William Bone is the salmonid habitat restoration intern at SPAWN, and he has a bachelor's degree from The University of Alabama in marine science and biology.

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    Tory Johnson (January 2014 – June 2014)

    November 1st, 2013

    Tory Johnson is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in environmental studies and marine biology.

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    Ryan Hegstad (Sep 2013 – Feb 2014)

    October 1st, 2013

    Ryan Hegstad is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in Plant Sciences.

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    Esmy Jimenez (Pacific Campaign Residential Intern, May – Aug 2013)

    May 4th, 2013

    Esmy Jimenez is a Washington native, studying in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California.

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    Stephanie M. Hernandez (Communications Residential Intern, Apr – Sep 2013)

    April 4th, 2013

    Stephanie is a UC Santa Cruz graduate with a bachelor's degree in Politics: International Relations.

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    Riana Kernan (Habitat Restoration Intern, July 2012 – July 2013)

    February 3rd, 2011

    Riana was a Habitat Restoration Intern with SPAWN from July 2012 to July 2013 and the first Resident Intern starting in February of 2013.

Science Advisors

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    Frank Paladino, Ph.D.

    June 30th, 2014

    Frank Paladino, Ph.D. is the Biology Department Chair and Professor at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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    Myra Finkelstein, Ph.D.

    December 11th, 2013

    Dr. Myra Finkelstein is a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow at the University of California Santa Cruz whose research focuses on human impacts on marine ecosystems.

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    Kerstin Forsberg

    November 20th, 2013

    Kerstin Forsberg is the Founder and Director of Planeta Océano, a growing marine conservation non-profit based in Lima, Peru.

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    Jonathan R. Green

    November 15th, 2013

    Jonathan R. Green is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London as well as a notable photographer.

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    Chris Harvey-Clark, Ph.D.

    November 11th, 2013

    Dr. Chris Harvey-Clark is currently the University Director of Animal Care at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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    Bob Hueter, Ph.D.

    October 30th, 2013

    Dr. Bob Hueter is currently the Associate Vice President of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL.

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    Wallace J. Nichols

    July 1st, 2013

    Wallace J. Nichols is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates and author nearly 100 publications on ocean ecology and conservation and of Blue Mind (Little, Brown & Co). He earned his MEM in Environmental Policy and Economics from Duke University's Nicholas School and his PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Arizona. wallacejnichols.org

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    William Loftus, Ph.D.

    June 11th, 2013

    Dr. William Loftus is the President of Aquatic Research & Communication, LLC, which involves different institutions and agencies to restore fish communities via sampling techniques and communication of scientific issues with the public and key agencies.

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    George Shillinger, Ph.D.

    March 30th, 2013

    Dr. George Shillinger is the Executive Director of the The Leatherback Trust. He has worked in environmental conservation since 1986

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    Boris Worm, Ph.D.

    January 11th, 2013

    Dr. Boris Worm is a Biology Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a Marine Research Ecologist whose lab includes students and postdoctoral fellows studying the causes, consequences of change, and conservation of marine biodiversity. He has not only significantly contributed to the fields of marine ecology and fisheries conservation, but also spread public awareness to the issues within these fields.