Dr. Greg Stone

Dr. Greg Stone

Chief Ocean Scientist + Executive Vice President, Betty + Gordon Moore Center for Science + Oceans

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Greg Stone is one of the world’s leading authorities on marine conservation policy and ocean health issues. A lifelong scientific explorer and prolific diver (with more than 7,000 dives to date), he is currently Vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Ocean Governance. Since 2000, Greg has led the effort to create one of the world's largest marine protected areas around the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati, pioneering the use of market-based mechanisms to conserve ocean biodiversity which encourage economic opportunity for local communities. For this accomplishment he was named one of the National Geographic Society's “2007 Adventurers of the Year” and is considered an authority on these innovative marine conservation models. Learn more.

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When We Explore the Deep Sea, We are Exploring for Our Own Survival

In 1953, on the heels of a discovery of a second coelacanth specimen in the Comoros Islands off Madagascar’s coast, J.L.B. Smith, the man who described the species, wrote in the Times of London: “We have in the past assumed that we have mastery not only of the land but of the sea… We have not. Life goes on there just as it did from the beginning. Man’s influence is as yet but a passing shadow. This discovery means that we may find other fishlike creatures, supposedly extinct still living in the sea.”

Unlike the coelacanth, which was thought to have gone extinct, we have known for centuries that giant squid have existed in our oceans’ depths. But unable to observe them alive in their deep sea home, we have understood very little about how they live, where they live and how they behave. That is, until 2012, when Drs. Edith Widder, Steve O’Shea and Tsunemi Kobodera filmedthe elusive and mysterious giant in its natural deep-sea habitat for the first time — a landmark moment in ocean exploration and an example of how technology and ingenuity can overcome the monumental challenges we face in exploring the deep. But it is a drop in the vast ocean-sized bucket of amazing discoveries waiting to be found.

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