The Safina Center

Safina discusses the state of cod with fisheries biologist, Brian Tarbox - Maine.Safina discusses the state of cod with fisheries biologist, Brian Tarbox - Maine. Photo taken by: John Angier


Carl Safina’s Work

Carl Safina’s writing and communication work, national speaking engagements and TV spokesperson role is one of three core programs at The Safina Center.

Whether or not we can see, hear, or feel the ocean from our own home territory, the ocean certainly feels all of us.  And how our ocean is faring reflects how humanity is faring.  In extending our collective sense of community beyond humanity and below the high tide line, we call for a closer connection to the sea.

Future generations can’t debate with us our treatment of the living world, or what we’re leaving for them.  We see our ocean and our children in the same boat, on a mutually dependent, miraculous voyage of life.

Through Carl Safina’s work, we aim to help people understand how the ocean supports all life on our planet. Through coast-to-coast lectures, media appearances, books, a PBS TV series and published essays and articles, we work to reveal how everything humans do—both on land and at sea—affects the waters of our world.

The Kalpana Chawla “Spirit of Columbia” Scholarship

Blue Ocean Institute offers the Kalpana Chawla “Spirit of Columbia” Scholarship annually to a deserving graduate student whose area of research broadens our understanding of on an important ocean issue.
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SBU School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences

At Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Dr. Safina mentors graduate students and lectures on today’s most pressing ocean issues.

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SBU’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

At Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science (CCS) graduate students in a wide range of sciences learn how to communicate about their research with the general public. Carl Safina is a visiting professor with CCS and is teaching Master’s and PhD students how to distill and deliver their message in plain and compelling language.
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