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GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Leslie Cornick

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Leslie Cornick, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council!

Dr. Cornick studied the foraging physiology of Weddell seals as an NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica in 2001. Photo: Dr. Stephen Trumble

Dr. Leslie Cornick is a marine ecologist and vertebrate physiologist with over 20 years’ experience in marine science and conservation, policy, and stakeholder engagement. She taught at Alaska Pacific University for 13 years, and was Chair of the Marine and Environmental Sciences department. She is currently the Associate Dean of the College of STEM at Eastern Washington University. Her research has focused on how marine mammals respond to changes in their foraging environment and how subsistence users are impacted by anthropogenic stressors that change their access to food from the ocean. She is a recognized leader in marine conservation, serving on the Board of Governors of the Marine Section for the Society for Conservation Biology and the Society for Marine Mammalogy, as a Senior Policy Fellow for the Marine Conservation Institute, and as Science Advisor for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council. She has contributed her expertise across sectors, including industry, agencies, First Nations, Congress, and the media.

We asked Dr. Cornick why she joined the GLORES Science Council:

“When Lance and Elliott [Marine Conservation Institute’s President and Founder, respectively] invited me to participate in the first GLORES workshop at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Glasgow, I jumped at the chance. The GLORES initiative is incredibly innovative in its approach, and it has the potential to create significant strides in protecting critical marine habitat and biodiversity. I’m honored to serve on the Science Council with my distinguished colleagues. I think that when the world learns of the first round of GLORES recognition they will be inspired to work even harder to protect the critical marine ecosystems that our oceans need to survive.”

Using trained Steller sea lions at the UBC Open Water facility to conduct controlled feeding experiments, 2006. Photo: Dr. Andreas Fahlman

You can learn more about Dr. Cornick’s work for our oceans at her Research Gate profile.


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