For many people, summer is a time for relaxation and vacation, but not for the dedicated staff and associates at The Safina Center at Stony Brook University, who were busy writing magazine articles and blogging on a variety of conservation topics. The articles and posts appeared in Audubon magazine, The Huffington Post, National Geographic Nature Watch and The Safina Center Blog.
Topics ran the gamut from climate change and seabirds, whales, passenger pigeons and tortoises, to a tribute to photographer/naturalist Peter Matthiessen. Contributing articles, posts or artwork were Carl Safina, president of The Safina Center (formerly Blue Ocean Institute); research scientist Elizabeth Brown; Ellen Prager, an author, marine scientist and Safina Center Fellow; Patricia Paladines, program officer, Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments; John Weller, an author, photographer, filmmaker and Safina Center Fellow; and artist Pam Longobardi.
In related news, Safina Center Fellows Paul Greenberg and Prager recently published two books: Greenberg is the author of American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood; Prager wrote a young adult novel, The Shark Whisperer. Safina is working on his next book, Beyond Words: How Animals Think and What Animals Feel.
The Safina Center, founded in 2003 by conservation pioneer and MacArthur Fellow Carl Safina, was built on three decades of research, writing and policy work. Among its goals are creating a more knowledgeable constituency for conservation and translating scientific information into language people can understand.