National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala dives deep into the waters of one of the most pristine places on Earth—the Pitcairn Islands—only to discover its delicate ecosystem is not as unspoiled as it may seem.
Dr. Enric Sala is a marine ecologist who fell in love
with the sea growing up on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Witnessing
the harm people do to the oceans led him to dedicate his career to
understand and find ways to mitigate human impacts on marine life. After
obtaining a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Aix-Marseille,
France, Sala moved to the United States for ten years, where he was a
professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2006, he moved back
to Spain to hold the first position on marine conservation ecology at
the Spanish National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), and in 2008
he became a National Geographic fellow. Combining work at both
institutions, Sala is actively engaged in research, exploration,
communication, and application of scientific knowledge related to the
conservation of marine ecosystems.
Sala is a 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, a
2006 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, a 2007 National Geographic
Emerging Explorer, and a 2008 Young Global Leader at the World Economic
Forum in Davos. He also received the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for
Communication and Humanities with National Geographic. Sala's experience
and scientific expertise contributes to his service on scientific
advisory boards of international environmental organizations.