The Safina Center

Carl Safina casting near Lazy Point, NY.Carl Safina casting near Lazy Point, NY.Photo taken by: Pat Paladines

About Carl Safina

Carl Safina explores how the ocean is changing, and what those changes mean for wildlife and for people. His writing conveys the scientific dimensions as well as moral and social implications of our relationship with nature.

His earlier work focused on seabird ecology, then on policy. In the 1990s he helped lead campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, re-write U. S. federal fisheries law, work toward international conservation of tunas, sharks, and other fishes, and achieve passage of a United Nations global fisheries treaty. Carl founded Blue Ocean Institute in 2003. The conservation non-profit recently changed its name to The Safina Center at Stony Brook University.

Carl, whose PhD in ecology is from Rutgers University, is author of six books, and more than a hundred scientific and popular publications on ecology and oceans, including featured work in National Geographic and The New York Times, and a new Foreword to Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us.

His first book, Song for the Blue Ocean, was chosen a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction selection, and a Library Journal Best Science Book selection; it won him the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction.

His second book, Eye of the Albatross, won the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing and was chosen by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine as the year’s best book for communicating science.  Carl is also author of Voyage of the Turtle, a New York TimesEditors’ Choice, Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue, a children’s chapter book, and The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, also a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Released in 2011 was Safina’s latest book, A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. And in 2013, his new PBS television series, Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina, was broadcast to over 90 million households.

He has been profiled on Nightline and twice in the New York Times; named among “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century” by Audubon Magazine; and featured on the Bill Moyers PBS special “Earth on Edge.” Safina has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize.

Carl has honorary doctorates from Long Island University and the State University of New York. He is the inaugural holder of the Carl Safina Endowed Research Professorship for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University‘s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Carl co-chairs and teaches in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at SBU.

Carl is a MacArthur Fellow, has been an elected member of The Explorers Club and a World Wildlife Fund Senior Fellow, is a recipient of the Pew Scholar’s Award in Conservation and the Environment, and a recipient of Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo’s Rabb Medal, among other honors.


Carl Safina’s Writing

Author of over 100 publications, Carl’s writing includes books, articles, chapters and forewords, scientific articles, op-eds, letters to the editor, reports, film and TV scripts. Books Safina, C.  2011. A Sea in Flames. Random House, Inc. New York. Safina, C.  2011. The View From Lazy Point. Henry Holt Co.  New York. Safina, C.  2010. Nina […]
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Safina in the Media

Press coverage of Carl Safina’s writings, views and current projects ranges from scientific journals, top print and broadcast media to popular online sites and media targeted to health, culinary and even rock ‘n roll audiences. Carl’s voice certainly reaches way beyond the ocean conservation “choir”! Link to recent media coverage in our Press Room section. A […]
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Saving the Ocean – PBS TV Series

Join Carl as he chronicles the unsung heroes who are creating hope — people who are hard at work inventing and implementing solutions to save the world’s oceans. Most of us have heard about the effects overfishing, pollution, and climate change are having on the world’s oceans. It’s time for some good news. Carl introduces […]
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