Wallace 'J' Nichols

Wallace 'J' NicholsWallace 'J' Nichols is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences, and he is spearheading The Ocean Revolution, a program that inspires, involves and mentors the next generation of ocean conservation leaders. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Scientific American, Time, Newsweek and other international media.

He is the author of more than fifty scientific papers, book chapters, and popular articles. In addition, he was a scientific advisor and writer for the children's book Chelonia: Return of the Sea Turtle and co-authored the screenplay Adelita's Journey based on the true story of one loggerhead sea turtle's epic twenty-four thousand kilometer migration from Japan to Mexico and back again.

He serves as a board member for several ocean protection organizations, including Animal Alliance, Coastwalk, Drylands Institute, Oceana and Reef Protection International. Additional roles with universities and organizations to advance ocean protection include as a Conservation Science Advisor for ProPeninsula, on a global bycatch study with Duke University and Blue Ocean Institute, and as a Regional Vice Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group.

In 1998, he founded the Grupo Tortuguero, an international grassroots movement dedicated to restoring Pacific sea turtles and to sustainable management of ocean fisheries. In 1999, he co-founded and for five years directed WiLDCOAST, an international conservation team dedicated to the protection of coastal wilderness. At WiLDCOAST, he and a diverse group of partners organized fishermen to protect endangered sea turtles and helped coastal ranchers protect their shores for future generations. In 2003, Nichols and eight others trekked 1,900 kilometers along the coast from Oregon to Mexico to bring attention to coastal and ocean issues.

He speaks on ocean protection and restoration, mentoring the next generation of ocean leaders, protecting endangered sea turtles, coastal and reef protection and restoration, and the sustainable management of ocean fisheries.

Videos of presentations, speaking testimonials, several audio interviews and presentations, books and articles are available here. To explore engaging Wallace ‘J’ Nichols as a speaker, contact him here. For the most up-to-date information about him, visit his website here and here.

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