Arlo Hemphill: Speak UP for the Blue’s newest Ocean Leader

By February 23, 2011Ocean News

Check out our newest Ocean Leader: Arlo Hemphill

As a freelance naturalist and ocean conservationist, Arlo Hemphill shares his passion for wild places through writing, film and new media outreach. Working at the interface of communications and the natural world, he seeks to inspire a deeper understanding of humanity’s connectivity to wilderness – both in the ocean as well as the drier kind.

With a background in marine science and conservation outreach and program management, his recent work includes science editing, ocean website management and campaign-based work with an emphasis on the conservation of the High Seas. He’s led ocean outreach efforts for organizations such as Conservation International and the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University. Arlo is a member of the World Commission on Protected Area’s (WCPA’s) High Seas Task Force and a co-founder and former steering committee member of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence, and the Sargasso Sea Alliance.

In his early career, Arlo spent numerous years working within tropical wilderness areas of South America and the Caribbean as an explorer and field practitioner, serving alternately as a scientific diver, forest mapper, sea turtle technician and web correspondent for scientific expeditions to tropical river systems. He has also managed cross-cutting conservation initiatives in the Andes and co-established a research station and private mangrove reserve on the coast of mainland Ecuador. A Fellow National of the Explorers Club, he has been listed in Nature (Myers et al. 2000) as one of 100+ global biodiversity experts, credited for his expertise pertaining to the Greater Caribbean and the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena biodiversity hotspots. Arlo’s free time is spent as an avid backcountry hiker and he’ll take any opportunity to get in water.

Check out some of his work on his blog, Walk with Arlo:

One of the exciting outreach activities of Copenhagen was to launch a new multimedia short entitled Oceans +2C. This video, on which I served as Executive Producer, was a collaboration between the Center for Ocean Solutions and the iLCP (International League of Conservation Photographers). It was also a wonderful opportunity to re-engage my good friend, Cristina Mittermeier, as well as work with a wide range of new friends and colleagues. Enjoy the video here:

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