Carl Safina

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Carl Safina
Carl Safina in Uganda.jpg
Born (1955-05-23) May 23, 1955 (age 63)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, Endowed Professor at Stony Brook University, founder of
LanguageAmerican English
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materB.A. State University of New York at Purchase
M.S. Rutgers University
Ph.D. Rutgers University
SubjectMarine Ecology
Notable worksSong for the Blue Ocean
Eye of the Albatross
Voyage of the Turtle
Nina Delmar and the Great Whale Rescue
The View from Lazy Point
A Sea in Flames
Beyond Words
Notable awardsGuggenheim Fellowship
George B. Rabb Conservation Medal
John Burroughs Writers Awards
MacArthur Fellows Program
Pew Fellow
Shapiro Conservation Award
SpousePatricia Paladines

Carl Safina (born 1955) is author of various books and other writings about the human relationship with the natural world. His books include among others the award-winning Song for the Blue Ocean and Eye of the Albatross, as well as The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, and Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. He is founding president of the Safina Center, and an endowed research professor at Stony Brook University where he is active both in ocean sciences and as co-chair of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Safina is host of the PBS series, Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina.


Carl Safina works to show that nature and human dignity require each other. His recent works probe the ways in which our relationship with the natural world affects human relations, and how the scientific facts imply the need for moral and ethical responses.

His early research focused on seabird ecology. In the 1990s he drew attention to environmental issues in fisheries. He led campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, to re-write U.S. federal fisheries law, to work toward international conservation of tunas, sharks, and other fishes, and to achieve passage of a United Nations global fisheries treaty.

Safina is adjunct professor at Stony Brook University and president of The Carl Safina Center. He has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University and has been awarded honorary doctorates from the State University of New York, Long Island University and Drexel University. He has been a visiting fellow at Yale University and a senior fellow with the World Wildlife Fund. Safina is also a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Pew Fellow in Marine conservation, an Utne Reader visionary, and a recipient of Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo’s Rabb Medal.[1]

He has authored over one hundred scientific and popular publications. His work has been featured in National Geographic and in The New York Times. He contributed a new foreword to Rachel Carson's seminal work, The Sea Around Us. His first book, Song for the Blue Ocean, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times best nonfiction selection, a Library Journal best science book selection, and won the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction. His second book, Eye of the Albatross, won the John Burroughs Medal and the National Academies' communications award for the year’s best book. Safina’s Voyage of the Turtle was a N.Y. Times Editors’ Choice. In 2011, The View From Lazy Point was a New York Times Editors' Choice, a National Geographic Traveler’s book of the month and received the Orion Book Award. Also in 2011, his chronicle of the Gulf blowout, A Sea in Flames, was a New York Times Editors' Choice. He also authored Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel, and in 2010 published a children’s book, Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue.

Safina has been profiled on Nightline and in The New York Times; named among "100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century" by Audubon magazine; and featured on the Bill Moyers PBS special Earth on Edge. His new TV series, Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina, premiered on PBS in April 2011.


  • Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel. Henry Holt and Co. (2015). ISBN 978-0-8050-9888-4
  • The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World. Henry Holt and Co. (2011). ISBN 978-0-8050-9040-6[2]
  • A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. Crown Publishers. (2011). ISBN 978-0-307-88735-1
  • Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue Illustrated by Dawn Navarro Ericson. Blue Ocean Institute. (2010). ISBN 978-0-9785417-0-5
  • Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur. Henry Holt and Co. (May 30, 2006). ISBN 978-0-8050-7891-6
  • Eye of the Albatross: Views of the Endangered Sea. Henry Holt and Co. (May 14, 2002). ISBN 978-0-8050-6228-1
  • Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas. Henry Holt and Co. (January 1998). ISBN 978-0-8050-4671-7[3][4]


  1. ^ "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World 2011". Utne Reader, November–December 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Review of The View from Lazy Point by Carl Safina". Publishers Weekly. 20 September 2010.
  3. ^ Roberts, Callum M. (February 1999). "Review of Song for the Blue Ocean by Carl Safina". Conservation Biology. 13 (1): 216–217. doi:10.1046/j.1523-1739.1999.013001216.x.
  4. ^ Salazar, Ronald (January 2000). "Review of Song for the Blue Ocean by Carl Safina". The American Biology Teacher. 62 (1): 80. doi:10.2307/4450837.

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