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Alasdair Harris, PhD

Executive Director Executive Director London, UK


Alasdair Harris, PhD

A marine ecologist with an unhealthy obsession for corals, Al has spent the past decade developing conservation initiatives in the Indian Ocean, and set up Blue Ventures in 2003. 

Within Blue Ventures Al is responsible for coordinating conservation and research activities, leading an interdisciplinary and international team of scientists, educators and conservation practitioners. His work focuses on developing innovative and integrated solutions to conservation challenges, in particular pioneering entrepreneurial and market-based approaches to link natural resource management with sustainable economic development.

Alongside his work with Blue Ventures Al is a visiting post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, a member of the Marine Stewardship Council's Stakeholder Council, and a technical advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme's Convention on Migratory Species Secretariat.

Al is recipient of the IUCN World Conservation Union's Young Conservationist Award, winner of the Condé Nast Environment Award, an Ashoka Fellow, and a passionate ambassador of Australia's penguins. His work developing sustainable business approaches for financing conservation has twice been commended by the UK Chancellor in the 'Enterprising Young Brits' awards, and was highly commended by HRH the Duke of Cambridge in the 2013 inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards.

Click here to contact Al, or follow him on twitter @aarhh.

Al's blog posts

  • In the fourth instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Alasdair Harris, our Founder and Research Director, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your scientific background? As an undergraduate I studied zoology, and spent my honours year poring over the fossil collections of the national museum of Scotland working to describe a new species of horseshoe crab, an amazing animal that once swam around what is now southern Scotland. (Hundreds of millions of years ago in the lower Carboniferous Scotland was a balmy tropical sea! The post Staff Q&A with Alasdair Harris, Founder and Research Director appeared first on Beyond Conservation.

  • Cuaming Island, Philippines Rogelio Angco traces the neat rows of numbers with his finger as he recounts the details of the 'Barangay Profile'; the chart framed above his desk. This table keeps a meticulous record of the makeup of the community inhabiting the tiny island of Cuaming in the central Philippines. Each detail has its own row along the wall: The post When there are no more fish in the sea appeared first on Beyond Conservation.



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