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President (Glen Ellen, CA)

Dr. Lance Morgan is a marine biologist who came to Marine Conservation Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2000, moving up to Staff Scientist in 2003, Vice President for Science in 2006 and 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. He has explored the ocean as a SCUBA diver, aquanaut and submersible pilot. As a graduate student he participated in 2 missions at the Aquarius underwater habitat in the Florida Keys. 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). Work at the Marine Mammal Center and postdoctoral research at Bodega Marine Laboratory and NOAA Fisheries, further predisposed him to join Marine Conservation Institute. His research interests range from zoology to applied conservation science and he has studied taxa as diverse as deep sea corals, rockfishes, seabirds and orcas. 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 authored reports on the impacts of fishing methods, scientific papers on MPAs, the nomination of marine protected areas. In 2010 he traveled to the remote Johnston Atoll in the Central Pacific to help establish the first field camp at this new marine protected area. He currently serves as Board Chairman for the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, and holds a research faculty appointment at Bodega Marine Laboratory. He is a member of the Blue Parks Science Council, the steering committee of the High Seas Alliance and a member of Mission Blue’s Hope Spot Science Council.