Ellen K. Pikitch

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"Dr. Pikitch is an internationally recognized expert in ocean conservation science and management, with a focus on sharks. Her research includes the assessment of fish stocks, the management of bycatch, and ecosystem-based fishery management. Dr. Pikitch’s scientific work has informed policy decisions such as passage of the U.S. Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000, the listing of beluga sturgeon as threatened with extinction under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and control of the international trade in great white sharks under the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species.

"Dr. Pikitch is the Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and Professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), Stony Brook University, New York. The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science was founded as the Pew Institute for Ocean Science in 2003 at the University of Miami...

"While at the Wildlife Conservation Society, she founded and directed both the Marine Conservation Program, developing the program to include field-based programs in 19 countries spanning four oceans, and the Ocean Strategy Program, with a focus on ecosystem-based fisheries management. Prior to joining WCS, Dr. Pikitch was on the faculty of the University of Washington for nine years and directed its Fisheries Research Institute from 1992 to 1996.

"Dr. Pikitch has convened international conferences, led several major oceanic field expeditions, and directed a variety of quantitative fisheries assessment projects. A recipient of the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (2000-2003), Dr. Pikitch has authored and edited over 100 articles and books on fisheries science and management, including "SHARKS OF THE OPEN OCEAN" published by Blackwell in 2008.

"For the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Pikitch has been a member of committees on Dolphin Mortality from Tuna Fishing, Ecosystem Management for Sustainable Marine Fisheries, and Cooperative Research Between Industry and the National Marine Fisheries Service. In 2000, Dr. Pikitch served on President Clinton’s Panel on Ocean Exploration. Currently she is the Vice Chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Sturgeon Specialist Group and a member of the Environmental Sustainability Task Force commissioned by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

"Dr. Pikitch received a Ph.D. in Zoology from Indiana University in 1983 and M.A. and B.S. degrees in Mathematics from the City College of New York." [1]

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  1. Ellen K. Pikitch, Shark Savers, accessed November 29, 2011.