National Geographic Society
Enric Sala is a National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, dedicated to restoring ocean health and productivity for the benefit of humans and life on the planet. Sala combines exploration, scientific research and strategic communications to help create large marine national parks with new business models for ocean conservation. He advises governments and organizations. His more than 100 scientific publications are widely recognized and used for conservation efforts, and he was instrumental in the creation of some of the largest marine reserves in the Pacific and the Caribbean. Sala is the recipient of the 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2006 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, 2007 Prince of Asturias Award on Communications and Humanities (with the National Geographic Society), 2007 National Geographic Emerging Explorer and 2013 Research Award of the Spanish Geographical Society. He earned a PhD in Ecology from the University of Aix-Marseille in France.