Speak Up for Blue provides striving Ocean Leaders a forum to convey their Ocean messages, awareness campaigns, and education materials to a wide audience. The Ocean Leaders listed below are volunteers who chose to use Speak Up for Blue as their platform to distribute their knowledge and passion to you. They are the people who help define The Blue Movement and SUFB is happy to have them as part of the movement. Click the link “Read more” to view each of their Ocean Leader profiles.

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Brendan Turley

Brendan Turley

In 2006, I graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in marine biology. After graduating, I worked at the Experimental Fish Hatchery at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami. While there, I bred killifish Fundulus heteroclitus for genetic studies, helped with the care for the sea hare Aplysia californica colony and I assisted in the growing of seaweed used to feed the Aplyisa.

Currently, I am a fisheries observer…Read more

Christine Hoekenga

Christine Hoekenga

Christine Hoekenga is a life-long friend of the sea, having written about and worked on marine issues nearly her entire career. Originally from Nevada, she lived in Washington, DC for seven years, where she worked for environmental non-profits like the Blue Frontier Campaign and the Natural Resources Defense Council, as a freelance science journalist, and at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. At the Smithsonian, she served as the New Media and Community Manager for the Webby-award-winning Ocean Portal.
Christine holds a dual bachelor’s degree in media studies and environmental science…Read more

Hayley Marston Speak Up For The Blue Contributor

 Hayley Marston

Hello, and Welcome! I’m Hayley; a UK based BSc Honours (Physical Geography) graduate who is at the beginning of what looks set to be an exciting career in marine research and species conservation. Read More…

Joanna Clarke

Joanna Clarke

Growing up, I have always had an appreciation and love for oceans and marine life. In 2008, I saw the film Sharkwater, and it was a life changing experience. Seeing this film turned a switch on in me…… it generated a passion for the ocean that I cannot explain. This passion continuously fuels my drive for education, awareness and direct action in the area of marine conservation. Since graduating from Dalhousie University in 2009 with dual degrees in Bachelor of Science (Recreation) and Bachelor of Management (Concentration in Environmental Studies), my conservation efforts have been of broad scope.Read more

Julie Serot

Julie Serot

The moment after her first dolphin encounter in Bermuda when she was eight years old, Julie immediately knew what she wanted to do with her life.  However, growing up in landlocked St. Louis, MO provided its own unique challenges for a young lady with eyes set on the blue horizons.  Nonetheless, spending her childhood and adolescent years with dogs and horses helped her always feel connected to animals and nature.  Throughout this time she also developed an interest in cognition and neuroscience, so it wasn’t very surprising to anyone around her when she focused her undergraduate studies on primate cognition and ecology…Read more

Julie-Beth McCarthy Speak Up for Blue Contributor

Julie-Beth McCarthy

Julie-Beth McCarthy is originally from Gander, NL, Canada. Growing up on Newfoundland’s largest lake and an hour drive from the ocean was the beginning of her love of all things aquatic. Her father started taking her fly fishing when she was only one year old and she would sit quietly watching the water for hours. To this day the movement of waves on a shore is a soothing source of comfort for her.

She began her studies in conservation with a Biology degree from…Read more

Kate Galloway

Kate Galloway

Always situated close to the vast blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, I grew a life-long relationship with the ocean at a very young age. This led me eventually to UC Santa Cruz where I am currently finishing an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology, and getting scuba certified. I have a wide variety of experience in communicating ocean science through teaching, research, and now writing. My experience began as a teenager at the Birch Aquarium, where I taught the public about global warming and ocean acidification….Read more

 Lisa Boonzaier

Lisa Boonzaier

It was while growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, and its beautiful surrounds – poking about in rock pools and roaming open spaces – that Lisa’s love for animals, nature and the ocean in particular took root and matured. As a result of this passion she chose to study the natural sciences after school, and in 2006 she graduated with a degree specialising in Zoology and Genetics and Development.

From there she took a break to explore (parts of) the world before returning to Cape Town and growing into the position of editor…Read more

 Megan Cook

Megan Cook

Inspired by a marine biologist-turned-first grade teacher at the age of six, I fell deeply heels over head for the ocean, the dramatic power it holds, and all the creatures living in/on/near it.   Growing up in the mountain desert, meant a delay to my salt-water adventures.  But the water was always nearby sailing, white-water rafting and tinkering on homemade boats with Dad.  A proud graduate of Oregon State University, I was a diver for Dr. Mark Hixon’s Bahamian reef ecology team, a NCAA athlete, and trainer for OSU scuba divers.

Always seeking diverse, challenging opportunities, I have conducted oceanographic research…Read more

 Michael Esgro

Michael Esgro

Aloha everyone! I’m Michael, a marine biology student and aspiring scientist. I recently received my B.S. in Biology from UCLA, where I worked on projects ranging from the design of marine protected areas in Indonesia to the identification of new coral reef fish species. I’ve also helped teach biology courses at UCLA and at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. I’m looking forward to going back to school to earn an advanced degree in marine science, and I hope to eventually work as a researcher, professor, and science writer.

I grew up just a few miles from Malibu and have been an ocean lover since I was old enough to go…Read more

Jesse Senko - Speak Up For Blue Contributor

Jesse Senko

Jesse Senko is a PhD student in biology at Arizona State University and a sustainable seafood consultant for the Blue Ocean Institute. He holds a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from the University of Connecticut. His research…Read more

Rebecca Dolson

For the past 12 years I have worked in the field of aquatic sciences. I have been very fortunate to work on some very cool projects and species, including freshwater turtles, endangered mussels, and fish, to leatherback sea turtles in Grenada, and lemon sharks in the Bahamas. For several years I worked as a government scientist monitoring the changes in the abundance of lake trout in the province of Ontario. My education includes a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology as well as a MSc in Aquatic Ecology from…Read more

Speak Up For Blue Ocean Leader Jason Selwyn

Jason Selwyn

I can’t remember a time before I was in love with the ocean and wanted to be a marine biologist; my parents tell me that it was either that or studying dinosaurs. At some point I must have realized that there are basically dinosaurs in the sea that are alive and kicking still! So I donned my wetsuit, put on my SCUBA gear and was off on my first real marine biology adventure helping to do research on the health of the reefs in Indonesia’s Wakatobi Marine National Park right in the heart of the coral triangleRead more