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Marine biologist/ocean conservationist to speak at Longwood

February 8, 2012

Dr. Wallace

Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols, a marine biologist and ocean conservationist who seeks to "inspire a deeper connection with nature," will speak Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in Longwood University's Blackwell Ballroom on "Get Your Blue Mind On: Using Our Brain to Conserve the Ocean."

Nichols is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences; founder/director of Ocean Revolution, an international network  of young ocean advocates; and co-founder of SEE Turtles, a sea turtle conservation tourism project. The talk, to be followed by a reception, is being presented by Longwood's Sustainability Committee. He will speak to several Longwood classes on Feb. 20, 21 and 22.

"Through field research, his work with commercial fishermen, and the time he spends in coastal villages, Nichols encounters among people a common appreciation for the ocean's beauty, abundance and mysteries," says his website. "Nichols finds successful conservation efforts often include unexpected alliances and there is common ground to be found between so-called 'enemies' of nature. He has undertaken the task of reaching new constituencies with a positive and inclusive conservation message and building a network of like-minded people."

Nichols, who lives on the central coast of California in Davenport, Calif., "made a name for himself in the mid-1990s when he tracked a loggerhead turtle that swam from Baja, Mexico, to Japan, the first time anyone had recorded an animal swimming an entire ocean," says an article about him in the December 2011 issue of Outside magazine. "He has done fieldwork in waters around the globe and spends most of his waking hours thinking and talking about the ocean...His credibility as a scientist, along with his charm and passion, have enabled him to rally excitement for his ideas among a diverse constituency of researchers and activists."


Poster for Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols speaking event