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Wallace J. Nichols – Marine Biologist

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Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols’ visionary ideas related to the ocean and aquatic ecosystems, migratory species, marine protected areas, fisheries management, and plastic pollution inspire others to find a deeper connection with nature and embrace inventive approaches to addressing marine-related issues. Formerly a senior scientist at Ocean Conservancy, J has been the recipient of several fellowships, including a Fulbright. A fellow national member of the Explorers Club, he received the University of Arizona’s Global Achievement Award in 2014. Prolific in his field, he has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including NPR, National Geographic, Vogue, and New Scientist. His book Blue Mind quickly became a national bestseller. Among the things J teaches us is that everything is fluid—his letter to his daughter about losing their home in a California wildfire in 2020 was published by Outside magazine.

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Blue Mind for Life

Wallace “J” Nichols’ work as a sea turtle biologist prompted him to start the movement to stop plastic pollution in our ocean. Ever curious, J would go on to work with neuroscientists to explore the surprising science of how “being near, in, on, or under water can make us happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what we do.” After his friend and colleague Dr. Oliver Sacks refused to pen the book J implored him to write, J tackled the project himself. Now preparing for its 10th-anniversary edition, Blue Mind has reached one billion people. J’s goal? Eight billion.