About Saving Ocean Wildlife
A healthy marine ecosystem where all wildlife thrive as a result of an informed society
Creating ocean partnerships to protect wildlife
Marine animals know no international borders.
Saving Ocean Wildlife was formed to protect the ocean wildlife that reside or transit through the Pacific Ocean waters off of the West Coast of North America in collaboration with NOAA and our other partners. SOW’s scope currently spans from Alaska to Mexico with our headquarters located in Southern California. We create partnerships with the scientists, policy makers and people like you to save ocean wildlife. SOW is engaging the community to get eyes on the ocean to help report on these animals. Join us and report marine wildlife. You can help save a life.
We are focusing on three main projects in order to achieve our mission.
We connect the community to critical issues facing marine wildlife.
Reporting Animals in California
We provide the community with tools for reporting valuable information on live, injured and dead marine animals.
We train volunteers to assist in land-based and on-the-water monitoring of wildlife.
Michael Atkins has been exploring the world’s oceans as a sailor, scuba and deep submersible diver, marine biologist, oceanographer, and conservationist since 1986.
He considers sustainable stewardship and protection of marine ecosystems to be his life-long calling and passion.
Dr. Atkins received his PhD in biological oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and his BA in chemistry and marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Laura has been a leader in the field of ocean protection for the past 14 years.
Recruited from New York, where she received her masters degree in environmental policy from Columbia University, she moved to Santa Cruz, CA in 2006 to take the position as Executive Director of Save Our Shores.
She led the organization in working with the community, local/state governments and businesses to raise awareness about the threats to our ocean and successfully advocated for policies to improve the health of our oceans.
When Laura left Save Our Shores in 2015 she started her own consulting firm and since then has assisted various other non-profits, for profit firms, and government agencies in environmental projects.
Ralph is the first Saving Ocean Wildlife volunteer and web designer / webmaster.
He is a Navy Veteran and loves sailing on the ocean and loves marine mammals.
He is a certified Naturalist trained by the American Cetacean Society – Los Angeles Chapter and the American Cetacean Society – Orange County Chapter.
He is frequently seen aboard commercial whale watching boats talking to passengers about the ocean wildlife along the Southern California Bight.
So after fifteen years as an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University, Ralph still continues to educate people about Ocean Wildlife.
Karen is a 30 year Marketing and Communications strategist who has worked across multiple industries from International Consulting to Consumer Electronics and Financial Services.
She has worked as a consultant to several non-profits to help improve communications, raise awareness and encourage public engagement. Karen graduated from New York Institute of Technology and has headed up her own marketing consulting business for the past four years.
Karen’s passion is teaching yoga and meditation to help all beings find peace and a deeper awareness to improve the collective consciousness.
Dan brings a career of environmental and philanthropic experience to Saving Ocean Wildlife.
He is the former CEO of Ocean Institute, a coastal marine science, policy and maritime history organization.
He was the initial CEO of Sailors for the Sea where he led the organization from start-up to global programing and the first Sustainability Partner to the America’s Cup yacht race.
Dan also brings ten years of US Environmental Protection Agency policy expertise to SOW along with the entrepreneurial spirit that lead him to found and manage CLEWGEAR, a foul weather gear clothing company for sailors.