Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Covering 71% of the globe and home to most of the life on our planet, the oceans regulate our environment, support the livelihood of millions, and – if properly managed – can provide a healthy seafood meal to a billion people, every day, forever. However, scientists report that our catch of fish is in steady decline, driven by over-exploitation and destructive practices. Kathryn Matthews, chief scientist for Oceana, will discuss her work running strategic, directed campaigns to create political will, allocate resources, pass laws, and otherwise enable the restoration of the world’s oceans.
Kathryn Matthews, Ph.D., is the chief scientist for Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans. She is responsible for ensuring that Oceana’s advocacy is informed by the best and most current scientific understanding, as well as tracking emerging issues, advising on strategic direction, and supporting the nearly 50 staff scientists across the organization.
Her varied work environments have included Arctic ice caps, Capitol Hill, international treaty negotiations, and the waters of the eastern tropical Pacific. After 10 years in research, she returned to Washington DC, her hometown, to work as a legislative fellow in the U.S. Congress and then for the Office of Marine Conservation in the U.S. State Department. Katie continued her science-based policy work with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation and then with The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she ran a marine conservation and sustainable fisheries grantmaking program. She also serves on the Society for Conservation Biology’s Board of Governors, heading its Marine Section’s board of directors as president (2017-2019).
Matthews has an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Earth and Environmental Science.