Safina Center Fellows


To accelerate the creation of exceptional transformative work, our Fellows Program helps support a small group of hand-picked distinctive thought leaders.

The Safina Center Fellows are writers, photographers, film makers, artists; witnesses and story-tellers. Everyone who becomes part of The Safina Center is specifically chosen for unique excellence. Other organizations create a job, advertise, receive applications, interview, and hire. We do none of those things. We dial in on people so exceptional that their work brings them to our attention above the crowd. Then, we invite them to join us. That means we are composed only of extraordinary people who can neither be advertised for, nor replaced. Then, we don’t tell them what to do; we help them do what they uniquely do. And with our young Safina Center Launchpad (“junior”) Fellows,” we help exceptional new talent launch what we know will be exceptional careers.

The Safina Center Fellows’ works amplify the urgent message of global change, using distinctly innovative approaches to inspire you to help protect life on Earth.

The 2020 Safina Center Fellows include:

Completed Safina Center Fellows include:

  • Eric Gilman, fisheries scientist (2003 – 2018)
  • Chris Jordan, found-object artist and filmmaker (2016 – 2017)
  • Shawn Heinrichs and John Weller, photographers, filmmakers and conservationists (2014 – 2017)
  • Dr. Ellen Prager, author and marine scientist (2015 – 2016)
  • Demian Chapman and Debra Abercrombie, shark geneticists and conservationists (2013 – 2015)

(above photo: Sharks off Cat Island, Bahamas. © Andy Mann)