The Safina Center

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The Safina Center (formerly Blue Ocean Institute) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit nature conservation and environmental organization headquartered at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. The Center's mission is "Making the Case for Life on Earth."


The Center's mission is "Making the Case for Life on Earth," by fusing scientific understanding, emotional connection, and a moral call to action. To do this the Center and its staff, fellows, and associates create products such as books, films, photography, sound art, TED talks, and written- and spoken-word pieces. The Center's work and products deal with the human relationship with the natural world.

The Safina Center was founded in 2003 by Dr. Safina, (PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University), a MacArthur fellow and inaugural holder of the Endowed Chair for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University.

The Safina Center's board members have diverse backgrounds in publishing, science, art, and other fields. The Center is funded primarily by foundations and individual gifts.

Areas of Focus[edit]

The organization’s programs are designed to inspire engagement on behalf of the natural world. Rather than focusing on the dire and the negative, the Center aims to inspire a deep and compelling commitment to solutions that will conserve the world's living beauty and diversity.

Education Efforts[edit]

The Safina Center is based at Stony Brook, New York, USA, where Dr. Safina is an endowed professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The organization is also engaged there in teaching and working with students.


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