Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

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Marine Biologist & Conservation Strategist; Co-Founder of Urban Ocean Lab

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Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson: Biography at a Glance

  • Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native.  She is a founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities.
  • She is also the co-creator of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet, on climate solutions.
  • She co-edited the bestselling climate anthology All We Can Save and co-founded The All We Can Save Project.
  • Recently, she co-authored the Blue New Deal, a roadmap for including the ocean in climate policy.
  • Previously, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute, developed policy at the EPA and NOAA, served as a leader of the March for Science, and taught as an adjunct professor at New York University.
  • Dr. Johnson earned a BA from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology. She publishes widely, including in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American.

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Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is a founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities, and co-creator and co-creator of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet, on climate solutions. She co-edited the bestselling climate anthology All We Can Save and co-founded The All We Can Save Project. Recently, she co-authored the Blue New Deal, a roadmap for including the ocean in climate policy. Previously, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute, developed policy at the EPA and NOAA, served as a leader of the March for Science, and taught as an adjunct professor at New York University. Dr. Johnson earned a BA from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology. She publishes widely, including in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American. She is on the 2021 Time 100 Next List and was named one of Elle’s 27 Women Leading on Climate. Outside magazine called her “the climate leader we need.”

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Ocean Conservation
Ocean Policy and the Blue New Deal
Climate Change and Coastal Cities
Climate Change Solutions
Environmental Policy and Justice
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