National Geographic Society
Enric Sala is a marine ecologist dedicated to restoring ocean health and productivity for the benefit of humans and life on the planet. He combines exploration, scientific research and strategic communications to help create large marine national parks with new business models for ocean conservation. He is a National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and Associate Professor at Spain's National Research Council. His scientific publications are widely recognized and used for real-world conservation efforts such as the creation of marine reserves. In 2005, Sala was an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow; in 2006, he was a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. In 2007, he was honoured with the Prince of Asturias Award on Communications and Humanities (with National Geographic Society) and was named 2007 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Sala's experience and scientific expertise contribute to his service on advising governments and international organizations.