Carl Safina

Ecologist, writer
Carl Safina's writing explores the scientific, moral and social dimensions of our relationship with nature.

Why you should listen

Carl Safina explores how the ocean is changing, and what those changes mean for wildlife and for people. In the 1990s he helped lead campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, re-write US federal fisheries law, work toward international conservation of tunas, sharks and other fishes, and achieve passage of a UN global fisheries treaty.

Safina is author of five 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. His first book, Song for the Blue Ocean, was chosen a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His second, 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.

What others say

“Safina’s encyclopedic knowledge and spirited prose provide a stunningly intimate portrait of an environment.” — Publishers Weekly

Carl Safina’s TED talks

Quotes from Carl Safina

We live on the most fragile little soap bubble you can imagine — a very sacred soap bubble, but one that is very, very easy to affect.
Carl Safina
TEDxOilSpill • 427K views Jul 2010
Persuasive, Courageous