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President (Glen Ellen, CA)

Dr. Lance Morgan is a marine biologist who came to Marine Conservation Institute in 2000, becoming President in 2012. Born in Connecticut and growing up as a son of a US Navy nuclear submarine captain, Lance learned about and became deeply committed to conserving our living oceans while living in California, Hawaii and Washington. Lance received his Master’s in Marine Science from San Francisco State University. His doctoral research explored factors influencing recruitment of marine invertebrates, for which he received his PhD in Ecology from the University of California-Davis (1997). His research interests range from zoology to conservation science and he has studied taxa as diverse as deep sea corals, rockfishes, seabirds and marine mammals. He led the identification of Marine Priority Conservation Areas from Baja California to the Bering Sea for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (2005). He has explored the ocean as a SCUBA diver, aquanaut and submersible pilot, participating in DeepWorker surveys of deep-sea corals in British Columbian waters. Having played a significant role in the designation of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, Lance traveled to remote Johnston Atoll to help establish the first field camp at this new marine protected area. Morgan is a respected leader in the international ocean conservation community. He is currently Chairman of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, a member of the steering committee of the High Seas Alliance, a member of the Hope Spot science council and champion of the California Seamounts Hope Spot, and serves on the community group for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. He holds a research faculty appointment at Bodega Marine Laboratory. As president of Marine Conservation Institute he oversees our largest initiatives, staying focused on the goal of saving wild ocean places.