Composite of headshots for the twenty new Leaders for Sea Change.
The 2020 Leaders for Sea Change. Top row, left to right: Juliano Palacios Abrantes, Natalie Ban, Fiona Beaty, Gustavo Daniel Danemann, Santiago Dominguez-Sánchez; Second row: Inés López Ercilla, Paula Ezcurra, Kristin M. Hardy, Lekelia Jenkins, Francis Juanes; Third row: Ian McKechnie, Hem Nalini Morzaria-Luna, Katharine Nalven, Kerry J. Nickols, Kiva Oken; Fourth row: Thomas A. Okey; Charlotte Regula-Whitefield, Ana K. Spalding, Sonni Tadlock, Vivitskaia Tulloch.

Meet the 2020 Leaders for Sea Change


Jul 8, 2020


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For 20 years, COMPASS has invested in supporting scientists to become agents of change. As climate change accelerates, the challenges facing the ocean require bold scientific leadership to advance solutions that are equitable, inclusive, and just. Our new Leaders for Sea Change program will build a dynamic network ready to co-create solutions with local communities, advocates, and decision-makers across the Pacific coast of North America. We’re so excited to announce the very first cohort!

This outstanding group of twenty natural and social scientists was chosen from an incredibly strong pool of over 100 applicants. The group spans many geographies, identities, communities, and disciplines – from Alaska to British Columbia to Baja, coastal archaeology to ecology to policy, graduate students to professors to professionals. They all share the drive to elevate solutions to ocean change and contribute to building a thriving society.

Leaders for Sea Change is a year-long program that prepares scientists for meaningful change within themselves, their communities, and society. Participants will grow as leaders and take meaningful action toward their goals for the changes they want to see in the world. Through generous support from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and the Sitka Foundation, this diverse network of scientists will advance innovative solutions and inspire their colleagues to re-imagine what it means to be a scientist.

The inaugural cohort of Leaders for Sea Change are incredible people doing amazing work. We encourage you to get to know them, and we’ll be sharing more about their journey here once the program is underway. Learn more about the cohort by downloading their bios here, and follow them on Twitter here!

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