Climate Change and Ecosystems: Securing our Future
Ellie M. Cohen
President and CEO, PRBO Conservation Science (www.prbo.org)
The California coast includes some of the most diverse marine habitats in the world, but the health of our coastal habitats is at risk. Climate change, pollution, and overfishing threaten to diminish the vitality of the marine ecosystems which play an important role in San Francisco Bay Area life.
Join the California Academy of Sciences to learn about the amazing diversity of life just off our coast and how local researchers are working to understand the effects of global climate change on intricate species interactions.
What are the challenges we face as ocean conservators and educators, and what actions can we take?
Join Cal Academy to find out what is needed to allow life on our shores to thrive.
Ellie is President and CEO of PRBO Conservation Science. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Ellie received her undergraduate degree with honors in Botany (focus on ecology) from Duke University. Field studies in butterfly ecology brought her to California in 1979.
She later received her Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where she was honored with the Policy Analysis Exercise Award for highly distinguished performance and the first annual Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Award.
In 2001, she was awarded a fellowship to Stanford University's Executive Program for Non-profit Leaders at the Graduate School of Business. From 2002-2005, Ellie was honored to represent the US Shorebird Plan on the U.S. Committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Ellie currently serves as an invited member of the US North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Committee's Policy and Legislative Subcommittee, as a management board member of both the San Francisco Bay (Immediate Past Chair) and the Central Valley Joint Ventures (USFWS), and as a member of NOAA's Pacific Coast Ocean Observing System Governing Board.
Ellie Cohen, executive director of PRBO, argues that there are political motives behind the Tea Party's opposition of environmental reform. She explains that despite massive funding by the Koch brothers, "the majority of Americans still believe in climate change." It's important, she argues, not to waste time trying to convince "black holes."