In 2019, universities and education institutions in the United States established the Ocean Visions Research Consortium and Network to jump-start a global open community that co-designs and deploys equitable, durable, and scalable ocean solutions to climate change and the planet's grand challenges
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There is a disconnect between research and ocean solutions that requires breaking down the silos that exist among research universities and institutions, professional ocean-focused societies, NGOs, IGOs, foundations, business and financial institutions in order to link research, development, and deployment processes within a unified framework. 


To transform science and engineering into scalable, equitable, and sustainable ocean solutions


A world where humans become part of a thriving ocean ecosystem where crises are promptly addressed and prevented


We are committed to making significant progress on ocean's grand challenges
Ocean-based Solutions to the Climate Crisis
(e.g. ocean carbon dioxide removal, alkalinity enhancement, decarbonizing shipping, oceanic renewable energy, nature-based solutions based in ecosystem protection, management, and restoration)
Resilience and Adaptation of Coastal Systems and Communities
(e.g., mitigation and adaptation to sea-level rise and extreme events, coastal habitat protection and restoration, green-grey infrastructure)
Ocean-based Food Security
(e.g. sustainable aquatic food production through fisheries and aquaculture, ensuring availability and access to aquatic foods to combat malnutrition)
Countering Marine Biodiversity Loss
(e.g., reversing the loss of biodiversity through protected areas, including in the high seas, protection, and restoration of critical ecosystems, reducing threats and cumulative impacts from climate change, resource exploitation, invasive species, and pollution)
Greening the Direct Human Footprint on the Ocean
(e.g. sustainable tourism, ocean-based businesses)


Emanuele Di Lorenzo (Chair)

Professor & Director

Ocean Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Koweek

Science Director

Ocean Visions Inc

Mark Merrifield

Presidential Chair Professor

Director, CCIA Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Martin Gray

Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer

Georgia Aquarium

Kyle Van Houtan

Chief Scientist

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Emmett Duffy

Director of MarineGEO

Smithsonian Institution

Erin V. Satterthwaite

PEGASuS Postdoctoral Researcher

NCEAS & Future Earth

Al Dove

VP Research and Conservation

Georgia Aquarium

Keith McGregor

Director of VentureLab

Georgia Institute of Technology

Nancy Knowlton

U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Sant Chair of Marine Science, Smithsonian Institution

Fiorenza Micheli (Co-Chair)

David and Lucile Packard Professor

Co-director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University

Mark Abbott

President and Director

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Anna Zivian

Senior Research Fellow

Ocean Conservancy

Gwen Nero

Director Corporate Affiliates,

Business Development, Industry Outreach, and Innovation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Clark Alexander

Director and Professor

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Chuck Greene


Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

Harry Helling

Executive Director

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Brad Ack

Executive Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Ocean Visions Inc

Christopher Field

Melvin and Joan Lane Professor

Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

Pierre Lermusiaux

Professor & Associate Head

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chris Scholin

President and CEO

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Millicent Pitts

Chief Executive Officer & Director

The Ocean Exchange

Samantha Joye

Endowed Professor

The University of Georgia

Raffaele Ferrari

Cecil and Ida Green Professor

Chair, Program in Atmos, Oceans and Climate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mark Hay

Teasley and Regents' Professor

School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology


Ocean Visions strives to cultivate a diverse, equitable, and just community that provides an inclusive voice for the role of ocean solutions in addressing societal needs.
The Ocean Visions Founders
Ocean Visions, Inc.  - 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA  - Founded in 2019