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Leadership in Conservation and the Environment

Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation

Pew Marine Conservation Fellowships, which are regarded as the world's preeminent awards for marine conservation, have been granted since 1996 to fund innovative work in marine ecosystems, fisheries management, coastal conservation, and marine contamination. The fellowships are granted by the Pew Institute for Ocean Science, which is dedicated to conducting, sponsoring, disseminating and promoting world-class scientific activity aimed at protecting the world’s oceans and the species that inhabit them. Established in October of 2003 in partnership with the University of Miami Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science, The Institute is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and other philanthropic individuals and organizations. The Institute is headed by 2000 Pew Fellow and renowned marine scientist, Dr. Ellen Pikitch.

By focusing on marine conservation, the Pew Fellows Program has strived to:

  • Enhance and strengthen the activity being devoted to marine conservation by environmental organizations and governments worldwide;
  • Increase the public's understanding of the importance of marine systems, concern over their destruction, and support for efforts to protect them from further degradation;
  • Encourage a greater emphasis in the marine sciences on resource conservation as opposed to resource extraction;
  • Develop a better understanding of the human systems that affect and are affected by marine systems;
  • Provide creative individuals with the opportunity to undertake important interdisciplinary work that existing sources of funds do not support; and
  • Provide motivated individuals with opportunities to cross institutional, disciplinary, and sectoral boundaries, so that they may build bridges between those institutions that have strength in acquiring and analyzing information and those institutions oriented toward promoting sound policies and practices in both the public and private sectors.

Aldo Leopold Leadership Program

Aldo Leopold Leadership Program
Woods Institute for the Environment
Stanford University

Academic environmental scientists are a primary source of credible information on the state of the planet and their knowledge is urgently required by policy makers and citizens to develop sustainable policies and practices. Yet, environmental scientists traditionally have not been effective communicators with stakeholder groups outside of academia. Consequently, society's needs for accurate and relevant scientific information are not being fully met.

To address this challenge, the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program at the Woods Institute for the Environment provides communication and leadership training to academic environmental scientists and facilitates collaboration and networking among scientists and a broad range of decision-makers. The program's mission is to help scientists develop effective outreach skills and to collaborate across disciplines and sectors to:
  • advance scientific understanding as decision-makers confront increasingly complex environmental issues;
  • enhance and solidify the links between research and policy, and between scientists and non-scientists;
  • increase the involvement and visibility of academic scientists in public outreach;
  • promote changes in academic culture so that scientists are encouraged to share their scientific knowledge beyond the academic walls and scientific journals.